[From BONIFACE OKORO, Umuahia]
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, has rolled out a novel crime fighting and prevention strategy, christened; Abia State Crime Prevention and Management System (CPAMS).
Launched at Michael Okpara Auditorium Umuahia Monday, CPAMS is a proactive means of fighting crime and has the capacity to deter criminals and improve community access to the police and institute confidence among the people.
CPAMS would combine technology and normal policing to detect criminals to actualize the desire of the Governor to make Abia the safest state in Nigeria and create an environment that would encourage free enterprise and sustain the pillars of development of his government.
To make it function effectively, Ikpeazu, while launching CPAMS, promised that through the Ministry of Homeland Security, his government would provide solar powered systems in all Police Stations in the State as well as provide computers to all Police Divisions, including the office of the Inspector General of Police, Deputy Inspector-General of Police and the Commissioner of Police for easy coordination of the scheme.
Ikpeazu who also used the opportunity to inaugurate a nine-member Committee to plan the proposed visit of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to the State, expressed joy that CPAMS, conceptualized by his administration, has become a reality.
He equally expressed the hope that the system would be capable of providing solutions to policing not only in Abia State, but Nigeria as a whole.
According to the Governor, proactive policing requires that a crime officer must be ahead of criminals, adding that except through digitization, time will come when police officers would find it difficult to cope with new waves of criminal activities.
The Governor stated that with diligent implementation of CPAMS in Abia State, it would be difficult for a criminal to be a first offender whereas he has criminal records.
He also said that with the system, community participation with the Police would become easier while reward system for diligent officers would also be done with ease.
He commended the CPAMS team led by the Coordinator, Endi Ezengwa, for their hard work as well as the Homeland Security officers that have graduated and urged them to collaborate with the Police and other security agencies in the State to make Abia crime-free.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Homeland Security, Prince Dan Okoli, thanked the Governor for his commitment in making Abia the most peaceful and secured state in Nigeria and assured that his Ministry would support him to realize the dream of making Abia a crime-free State.
In a goodwill message, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Janet Agbede, noted that crime preventions were dynamic which was why Ikpeazu, after consultation with stakeholders, rolled out CPAMS.
Agbede said that the launch would infuse greater pragmatic security network involving all stakeholders as well as ensure effective policing in the State and advised Abians to stay away from crime.
Also, the Coordinator Abia CPAMS, Endi Ezengwa said CPAMS which is a Crime Prevention and Management System is the first of its kind in Nigeria and has the capacity to deter criminals and improve community access to the police and institute confidence among the people and appealed to Abians to support the program.
The event which featured demonstration of the operations of CPAMS by the Police trainees and officers of the Abia Homeland Security Watch and presentation of certificates to CPAMS trainees attracted the Deputy Governor, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Chris Ezem, other top government officials and traditional rulers.