Fighting crime is in God’s hand -Abia CP

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…Commends Otti for immensely supporting security agencies

From Boniface Okoro, Umuahia 

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Commissioner of Police in Abia State, Kenechukwu Onwuemelie, says credit for the successes recorded in the fight against crime in the state should go to God.

Onwuemelie also added.that Governor Alex Otti also deserves a part on the back for the consistent and immense support he has been extending to the security agencies operating in the state.

Receiving the executive members of  Correspondents Chapel, Nigeria Union Journalists (NUJ), Abia State Council, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office at the Command’s Bende Road headquarters in Umuahia, Mr Onwuemelie noted that security was in the hands of God.

“Security is in the hands 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. 

“It is true that there has been a reduction in crime and criminality in the state, especially around the Umunneochi axis, but we have yet to meet our target,” the Abia Police boss said.

He assured that the Command would not relent until it had hit its target, adding that the people “still sleep with one eye open.”

CP Onwuemelie promise to partner the Chapel, as well as create a conducive environment for the pen pushers to ply their trade in the state.

Earlier, Chairman of the Correspondents Chapel, Journalist Chief Sam Obinna Ibe,  has appealed to the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Kenechukwu Onwuemelie, to prevail on his field officers in the habit of harassing and manhandling journalists while on duty, to stop the maltreatment.

Chief Ibe complained that members of his chapel and other journalists have been having it rough in the hands of Policemen drafted event venues as the security gents. thrive in hindering journalists from carrying out their duties effectively.

Recall that during the recent inauguration of Old Court Road in Aba, some of the Policemen drafted to the area, denied journalists entry into the venue, and poimted their corked guns at the journalists, threatening to shoot them if they refused to leave.

Chief Obinna told the Commissioner that most recently, that security operatives also seized the television camera of a journalist and assaulted him in the premises if a bank in Umuahia where he had gone to interview customers on the effect of the latest  NLC  strike.

The Correspondents Chapel Chairman insisted that journalists were only performing their duties and should ordinarily be protected by the Police, adding both the journalist and the Police were partners in progress, working for the common good of the country.

He used the occasion to commend the Police Commissioner for being  proactive in adopting measures that have helped to reduce insecurity in the state.

“Your coming to Abia is not just strategic but divine, you have shown commitment!; security has drastically improved,” Chief Ibe said, noting that ensuring security in Abia at this period would serve as a big boost to the drive by the administration of Governor Alex Otto in wooing investors to Abia.

He  further commended the CP over the ongoing massive renovation of the State Police headquarters and Police formation across the state, adding that the Police needs a conducive atmosphere to operate.

The Chapel leader frowned at the discriminatory invitation to his members for assignments by the Police Command, saying such practice endangers the job of those not invited as they have to do their reports based on second-hand information. 

He therefore enjoined the Police Commissioner to always carry the Chapel along in it activities.

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