The Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom state command, Mr Imohimi Edgal has expressed dismay over the abuse of the passes issued to those on essential duties because of the ongoing restriction of movement in the state.
Edgal in a statement made available to newsmen yesterday in Uyo decried a situation where the passes were photocopied and issued to all manner of persons making it difficult for the security agencies to identify the original copies of the pass.
He insisted on the renewal of every pass initially issued as they were no longer valid apart from the passes issued to health professionals.
He, therefore, enjoined all other categories of persons issued with passes to submit same to the office of Secretary to State Government (SSG) or Senior Special Adviser to the governor on security and obtain a new one, latest by midnight today, Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
His words, “The Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State, CP Imohimi Edgal wishes to reaffirm to the good people of the state that the Police Command will continue to effectively police the state and enforce the Lockdown Order of the State in the overall interest of the people.
“The CP observed with dismay that the passes issued to those on essential duties have been largely abused to the extent that the passes are photocopied and issued to all manner of persons thereby making it relatively difficult by the security agencies to identify the original copies of the pass.
“Because of the foregoing, the CP enjoins all categories of persons issued with passes by the State Government to submit same to the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) or the SSA on Security between now and tomorrow Tuesday, April 21, 2020, before midnight and obtain new ones as the old ones are no longer valid.
“Similarly, all passes issued to Medical Personnel – Doctors, Pharmacists, Nurses, etc remain valid. However, such passes must be accompanied by the holders’ identity cards otherwise they will not be honoured.
“The Police Command, therefore, enjoins the general public to continue to cooperate with the Security agencies and ensure that the passes are not proliferated to those
who is not entitled”