[From BONIFACE OKORO, Umuahia]
Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, used the opportunity of his one-day working visit to inaugurate the Abia State Homeland Security watch and a technologically-driven anti-crime system, the Abia State Crime Prevention and Management System (CPAMS).
Inaugurating the Homeland Security Watch and CPAMS at Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia, IGP Adamu expressed joy that Abia has taken the bull by the horn by creating a structure that would fill the gap in modern day policing.
THE IGP maintained that policing the community was the collective responsibility of all citizens and reminded the operatives of the Abia Homeland Security Watch that their role was to support and collaborate with the Police through intelligence gathering.
Abia State governor, Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, in his speech, pledged his administration’s preparedness to continue supporting the Nigeria Police Force in its strides to reduce crime and make Abia the safest State in the country.
Ikpeazu said that the CPAMS was conceptualized by his administration as a way of supporting the IGP in his community policing effort, adding that it was capable of providing solutions to policing not only in Abia State, but Nigeria as a whole.
He said that it was a misnomer in the 21st century for the Police to record crime on a black board, adding that he would like to see when all Police Divisions in the country could be linked through a digital platform to reduce crime, stressing that he was not satisfied with the level of security in the country.
According to him, proactive policing requires that a crime officer must be ahead of criminals, adding that except there was a digital data base of criminals which could be used to support CCTV footages, crime would continue.
The Governor noted that with diligent implementation of CPAMS, it would be difficult for a criminal to be a first offender whereas he has criminal records elsewhere and recommended it to the IGP to help in policing of the country.
Dr Ikpeazu also said that with the system, community participation with the police will become easier and used the forum to announce that his administration would provide solar systems in all Police Divisions in the State as well as computers to all police formations and divisions, including the office of the Inspector General of Police, Deputy Inspector General of Police and the State Commissioner of Police.
The Governor had earlier formally presented the IGP with patrol vans procured by his administration for the State Command of the Nigeria Police.
The Governor also handed over patrol vehicles to the Brigade Commander of the Nigeria Army, Ohafia to boost the fight against insecurity of the State.
The IGP had earlier on arrival paid a courtesy visit to the Governor and later inaugurated the Zone 9 headquarters of the Nigeria police built by Ikpeazu administration.
After being conducted round the Enyimba Automated Shoe Factory in Aba by his host, the IGP pledged to make a strong case for a policy shift to encourage the use of locally made shoes by the Nigeria Police.
Deputy Governor, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, Secretary to Government, Barrister Chris Ezem, Commissioner for Homeland Security, Prince Dan Okoli, and other members of the State Executive Council were present at the event.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of South East, DIG Celestine Okoli, Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 9, AIG Tijani, Commissioner of Police, Abia State, Janet Agbede, Force PRO, DCP Frank Mba, and other senior police officers accompanied the IGP on the visit.