Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has officially received Joseph Mukan, the new Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command.
Dickson received Mukan on Thursday at the Government House in Yenagoa and this is coming more than one month after the new police chief was posted to the state police command on November 2, 2018 and officially assumed duties on November 5.
Mukan, the eighth commissioners of police to be transferred to the state within three months, took over from CP Ebere Onyeagoro, who was redeployed to Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID), Abuja, as CP Special Fraud Unit (SFU).
There had been a seeming frosty relationship between the state police command the state government over the frequent change of police commissioners to the state.
Dickson, officials of his administration and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had been accusing the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its chieftains in the state, former Governor Timipre Sylva and Heineken Lokpobiri, Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, of masterminding regular change of police commissioners to the state.
But they dismissed the allegation, saying that it was the constitutional responsibility of the police high command to post and transfer police chiefs to states.
Receiving Mukan, the governor called on the authorities of the Nigeria Police Force not to succumb to the desire of the political class to politicise the nation’s security and drag the police into the political fray, particularly as the 2019 general elections draw near.
Dickson, according to a statement by his special adviser on media relations, Fidelis Soriwei, stressed that the country’s security architecture was too critical an institution to allow itself to be manipulated by those he described as lazy politicians who had failed to interface with the electorate.
He charged Mukan to prove such politicians wrong by working hard to earn the confidence and respect of the citizenry.