The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Usman Baba, began yesterday the review of the southeast police structure with the appointment of Mr. Chris Owolabi as Police Commissioner of the Anambra State.
A statement signed by the Force’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mba, a Police Commissioner, said that the deployment of the new PC was part of ongoing efforts to “reorder, revise and strengthen” the security architecture and surveillance in Anambra state. and other states in the South-East and South-South geopolitical zones of the country.
Police formations in the areas had recently become the target of armed groups, leading to the destruction of the Imo State Police Command and the death of police personnel in Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, and other states.
The statement said the reorganization was “designed to improve the operational efficiency of the commands and enhance public safety.”
CP Chris Owolabi replaces CP Monday Bala Kuryas,
that he was reassigned to the Anti-Fraud section of the Annex of the Force Headquarters, Lagos.
Along the same lines, the interim IG ordered the dispatch of other strategic and tactical commanders within the zones. Two deputy commissioners of police (DCP), 14 deputy commissioners of police, and other mid-level officers were also affected.
The IG commissioned the new Police Commissioner in Anambra State to take appropriate measures to consolidate and enhance the achievements of his predecessor. In addition, he charged the Communist Party of China “to restructure the state security apparatus, harness the full potential of the command, its workforce, assets, and stakeholders to promote the collective security of all citizens.” The IG also called on people in the Southeast and South-South areas to cooperate with the police and other security agencies to enable them to succeed in their responsibilities to safeguard them and the nation’s commonwealth.
Meanwhile, the Federal Capital Territory Command has launched an operation against the unauthorized use of covered license plates and tinted vehicles.
A statement from the command said the operation had become “extremely necessary due to the recent analysis of security threats by the Joint Team which reveals that criminal syndicates now carry out their nefarious activities using tinted vehicles with covered license plates.”
There have been palpable fears of possible infiltration of criminal elements into the nation’s capital, following the alarm raised by the governor of the state of Niger, Abubakar Sani Bello, that Boko Haram fighters had seized 50 villages in the state and they were flying the flag of the terrorist group.
He had warned that Abuja was only a two-hour drive from the state and within reach of the insurgents.
The command in a statement issued by the Spokesperson, ASP Mariam Yusuf, said that the FCT Joint Security Team chaired by Police Commissioner CP Bala Ciroma, “warned residents that they use unauthorized covered license plates and tinted vehicles within the FCT that they desist as the offenders will. be arrested and prosecuted accordingly. ”
[Note] The PC implored the residents to cooperate with the security agencies and report all suspicious movements to the police through the following numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883 or 112