June 10, 2024

Abia CP solicits media partnership, hails Otti for support in fight against crime


By Steve Oko

Commissioner of Police in Abia, Kenechukwu Onwuemelie, has solicited the partnership of media practitioners in the fight against crime.

This is as he has commended Governor Alex Otti for his firm commitment in fighting insecurity and strong support to security agencies in the state.

The CP who spoke when the leadership of the Correspondents Chapel, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Abia State chapter paid him a courtesy visit in his office, described journalists as critical partners in the fight against insecurity.

Acknowledging the help of God in the successes recorded by the command in the fight against crime, the CP said Gov. Otti had been a huge sources of encouragement  to security agencies in the state.

 “Security is in the hand of God and so the glory should go to Him for whatever achievements the command has made.

“The credit must also go to the governor of the state, who has assisted us tremendously with resources, ideas and suggestions.”

He acknowledged a reduction in crime rate in the state and said police would double their efforts to ensure criminals have no breeding ground in the state.

“There has indeed been a reduction in crime and criminality in the state, especially around the Umunneochi axis, but we have yet to meet our target.”

The CP warned criminals to relocate from the state or brace up for hot chase.

He promised to maintain a cordial relationship with journalists in the state, assuring them of their security in discharge of their duties.

The CP also urged journalists to shun fake news and any reports capable of setting society on fire.

Speaking earlier,  leader of the delegation and  Chairman of the Chapel, Chief Obinna Ibe, said that the visit was to consolidate the collaboration between the group and the command for greater synergy.

He commended the CP for his exploits, noting that there has been a remarkable reduction  in crime wave his he took over the command.

Ibe urged him to sustain the tempo, assuring him of the full support of journalists in his bid to rid the state of criminals.

He noted that the redeployment of the CP to Abia had been complementing the efforts of the State Government to woo investors.

 “Your coming to Abia is not just strategic but divine.

“You have shown dexterity and commitment in the fight against crime and security has drastically improved.

“We no longer witness violent crimes as was the case before your deployment and residents now sleep with their two eyes closed.”

Chief Ibe also commended the CP for the massive renovation work going on at the police headquarters.

He, however, sought the intervention of the CP in the occasional face-off between policemen in the field and journalists in their line of duty.

Arguing that police and media practitioners should relate as partners in progress, Ibe said that face-off was needless.

Recalling a recent incident in Umuahia, where the correspondent of a television station was manhandled by security guards in a bank  while policemen on duty  looked away instead of coming to the rescue of the journalists, Ibe urged the CP to call his men to order.

On fake news, Comrade Ibe blamed it on untrained persons masquerading as journalists, explaining that  professional journalists especially members of the chapel are always guided by the ethics of the profession in the discharge of their duties.

“Correspondents are trained. We have an office, identity, and are not faceless. Some of the social media personalities are not trained but became  emergency reporters with their Android phones. It’s unfortunate most members of the public do not know the difference but regard and treat all as  journalists.”

Chief Ibe also appealed to the CP not to segregate against media platforms during police press briefings especially parading of suspects as missing such important assignments could earn Correspondents query from their Editors.

Senior police officers of the command were present during the visit attended by  members of the Correspondents Chapel Executive including the Vice Chairman, Comrade Steve Oko of Vanguard Newspapers;  Secretary, Henrietta Ashikodi; and other veterans.