The new Commissioner of Police in Bayelsa State, CP Benjamin Okolo, on Monday, said that the state command will not involve itself in partisan politics.
CP Okolo took over from CP Eworo Echeng who was redeployed to Anambra State on October 12, 2021, about 65 days after he was posted to Bayelsa on August 9, 2021.
Speaking with journalists upon his official resumption of duty at the state command headquarters in Yenagoa, CP Okolo declared that officers will be professional in their conduct while maintaining law and order.
He said his office will not condone unprofessional conduct among officers, including indiscipline and extortion of money from residents, warning that any policeman caught would be severely dealt with.
CP Okolo said he would revitalise and deploy the monitoring and escort units in the command initiated by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Alkali Baba, to fish out bad officers involved in infractions.
He said he was aware that Bayelsa was bedevilled by “threats of kidnap, cultism and other forms of heinous crimes.”
According to him, the command would tackle the security challenges in the state by collaborating with stakeholders through community policing and effective use of intelligence capabilities of the police organisation in line with the reform agenda of IGP Alkali Baba.
He said, “Let me reiterate that the command under my watch will be apolitical and professional in the engagement of members of the public and enforcement of law and order to make Bayelsa State safe for us all.
“We will deal with cases of incivility to members of the public, extortion and all forms of discreditable conduct. To quote the Inspector-General of Police, ‘these professional infractions utterly negate our policing values just as they negatively impact on our drive to smoothen our partnership with citizens.’”
CP Okolo said that IGP Alkali was aware of the difficulties policemen face in the enforcement of the law, stressing that “he has lined up a lot of welfare packages for us.”
He urged them to be motivated and carry out their duties with all sense of professionalism, discipline and diligence as programmes were being implemented to alleviate their problems.