The Police Command in Enugu State and its Commissioner, Mr Mohammed Danmallam, have bagged international awards for exemplary crime fighting in Enugu State.
The command emerged as the `Most Pro-active Police Command in West Africa’ while the Police Commissioner emerged as the `Best Anti-Crime Police Chief in West and Central Africa’.
The police spokesperson in the state, SP Ebere Amaraizu, who made the disclosure in a statement issued in Enugu on Monday.
He said the awards were given in the just-concluded 14th Security Watch Africa (SWA) International Conference in Accra, Ghana on Feb. 8.
Amaraizu said that the awards were given for the outstanding performance of the command, which had made the state with least crime rate in the country.
He said that the commissioner of police had done exceptionally well as he was recognised for his outstanding performance in deployment of tactical and strategic proactive crime elimination methods.
“The Enugu State Police Command of the Nigeria Police Force has been locally and internationally commended for its proactive policing approach which has assisted in the security of lives and property in the state.
“The reward for award is more work so as to sustain and exceed the security height we had achieved already in the state,’’ he said.
The command however, appealed to residents of the state to continue to assist the police with information about miscreants and other criminals in their neighbourhoods for rapid response.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Amaraizu, also received an award of “Best Community Relations Police Officer in West and Central Africa’’.
The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, was represented by the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 7, Mr Salisu Abdullahi.
The others were the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-.Gen. Tukur Buratai, represented by Maj.-Gen. Ade Adeosun as well as Inspector General of Police, Liberia National Police, Mr Gregory Coleman.
The governors of Bayelsa and Lagos States were represented at the event in Ghana.