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Community policing: Emulate Obiano, IGP urges state governors

Governor Willie Obiano
Governor Willie Obiano


As part of activities marking his one-day work visit to the state aimed at strengthening the partnership between the Police and the Anambra State Government in maintaining a crime-free society in Anambra, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase at the weekend paid a courtesy visit to Governor Willie Obiano.

He commended the Community-Police partnership approach adopted by the state government towards policing all corners of the state’s 177 communities and called on other state governors across the country to adopt the model to intensify the efficiency of Police efforts in their various states.

The visit came in the midst of the controversial phantom unsubstantiated report by a faceless “BBC reporter” that the police had shut down a restaurant in Anambra state for serving boiled human flesh to its unsuspecting customers.

The police have since denied the action or any such restaurant in the state.

The IGP, Arase was accompanied on the visit by other top ranking officers of the Nigerian Police and were received at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia by the governor.

According to him, the visit was to thank Obiano for his uncommon intervention and reforms in the security sector in the state and to encourage him to do more. He noted that through his avowed commitment to rid the State of criminals, the administration has exhibited genuine resolve towards improving the lot of Ndi Anambra and entrenching peace and stability both of which are indispensable for meaningful development.

The IGP used the occasion to inspect facilities put in place by Gov Obiano that have aided the huge success recorded in the area of security which included bay stations, Over 120 Command and Control Patrol Vehicles, Communication gadgets, the Central Security Control room amongst others.

In an interview with journalists shortly after the meeting, Gov Obiano described the Police as a veritable tool his administration constantly needs in its avowed and sustained onslaught against criminals which has made the state the best in the country in terms of security.

He noted that through his administration’s well-organised system of crime-fighting, it has been able to prove that with proper motivation and assistance, the Nigerian Police can effectively live up to its responsibility of protecting the live and property of the citizenry.

Congratulating Mr Arase on his recent confirmation as the new substantive IGP, Governor Obiano said the honour would spur him to greater and laudable achievements in the nation’s security sector, assuring him of the continued support and partnership of the Anambra State Government.

He reassured the citizens that having made security its priority, his administration is committed to sustaining efforts at ensuring that the State remained free from the clutches of armed robbers and kidnappers as well as making her habitable for the investors he is attracting to grow her economy.

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