Ene Etim Okon, Monday, assumed office as the new Commissioner of Police in charge of Abia State Police Command.
Okon, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) until his recent elevation,
took over from his predecessor, Chris Ezike who was also newly promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 4.
Speaking after during the brief handover ceremony at the Police Officers Mess on Factory Road, Umuahia, Okon described the Abia as a familiar terrain, having served in the State 19 months ago in the capacity of Deputy Commissioner of Police.
“For those who know me and those who do not know me, I am still who I am, I will never change,” he assured.
He charged Officers of the Command to see their duty in Policing the state as a collective responsibility.
The new CP described AIG Ezike ’s tenure as Abia CP as impressive and result-oriented. “Everywhere he is, he makes his mark. Sir, if I cannot meet up with the challenge, please don’t be disappointed,” said Okon, in a lighter mood.
Earlier before handing over the Command to CP Okon, AIG Ezike had described people of the state as highly articulate, intelligent and sensitive and highly commercial-oriented.
He urged the new commissioner of police to focus more on the fundamental interest of the people, saying “in whatever thing you do, the fundamental interest of the people must be protected, their rights should not be abused, there should be no roadblocks so that there will be no extortion and all that.”
He said the three months during which he served as Abia CP was characterized by low crime rate.
“We have been able to establish some structures against criminal activities. In these three months, it has been low crime and we have been good for it,” AIG Ezike said.