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Police commissioner pledges to tackle security challenges facing Anambra

The new Commissioner of Police in charge of Anambra State, Mr Tony Olofu, has promised the readiness of the Command to tackle the security challenges bedevilling the State.

The new Commissioner of Police in charge of Anambra State, Mr Tony Olofu, has promised the readiness of the Command to tackle the security challenges bedevilling the State.

CP Olofu, who replaced CP Chris Owolabi as the 31st Commissioner of Police in Anambra State, recently, identified the security challenges facing Anambra State to include armed robbery kidnapping, cultism, land disputes, kingship tussles, boundary issues, public disturbances, farmers/herders clashes and other sundry offences.

Addressing journalists at the Command Headquarters in Awka, Thursday as the 31st Commissioner of Police in the state, Olofu gave thanks to the Almighty God for His favour and mercies and the Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman, fór finding him worthy to serve as the Commissioner of Police, Anambra State Police Command at this critical period of Nigeria’s history.

He stated that upon his assumption of duty within the last few days, he was briefed on a number of security challenges facing the state while expressing joy that the command has been bold in confronting these security challenges and indeed, recorded several successes in curbing some of the crimes.

He acknowledged the immense support of Governor Willie Obiano, traditional rulers and other stakeholders in the state and wished to appreciate them for supporting the Police in the noble course of enforcing law and order.

He promised that, in keeping with the vision of the Inspector-General of Police, he would rejig and stabilise the security architecture of the state in order to fully reclaim the public space across the country, as well as maintain law and order. The new CP also said the Command would take drastic measures to combat crime across the state under his watch.

”We will undertake critical threat analysis, embark on painstaking intelligence gathering through the strategic deployment of our intelligence assets, robust synergy with sister security agencies, organised vigilante groups and other stakeholders. To this end, the Command shall enhance crime-fighting strategies that will be more proactive to dominate the public space and checkmate acts of criminality in the state,” Olofu stressed.

He also assured that alongside their strong resolve to fight all forms of violent crimes, the window of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and community policing principles where applicable, will be open for those desirous of taking advantage of such avenues to resolve specific problems and issues, adding that he is not unmindful of other challenges bordering on professional misconduct on the part of officers and men, such as extortion, unlawful detention and incivility to members of the public, among others.

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