Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has flayed the alleged unprofessional conduct of the Nigerian security personnel, saying that people were beginning to lose faith in public institutions because of their untowardly conduct.
Wike regretted that the army, police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INE) have failed to carry out their responsibilities in line with approved professional ethics.
Speaking during a courtesy visit by Mr Usman Belel, the new Commissioner of Police, Rivers State, on Tuesday, the governor urged the police to improve their performance in the state.
According to him, “People are beginning to lose confidence in public institutions in the country. I believe that as the new police commissioner, you will work for the confidence in the police to return”.
The governor said that the immediate past commissioner of police in Rivers State, Zaki Ahmed, allowed himself to be used negatively against the state and law enforcement processes.
“Your predecessor allowed himself to be used by thugs to invade the courts in Rivers State. The Chief Justice of Nigeria called for the investigation and prosecution of those that invaded the courts, but Zaki Ahmed refused.
“Rivers State will not forget that it was Zaki Ahmed’s time that thugs invaded the Rivers State High Court, which is located near the police headquarters. He didn’t bring anybody to book”.
Wike assured the new police commissioner that his administration would support the command to fight crime across the state.
He urged the police Commissioner to focus on ending kidnapping, cultism and other violent crimes. He added that under no circumstances should crime be politicised.
Earlier, Belel said he was at the Government House to formally introduce himself and seek the support of the administration to fight crime.
He assured that the police under his command will work professionally to fight crime and make the state safe for residents to carry out their lawful businesses.
The seventh Police Commissioner since Governor Wike assumed duty was posted to the state from Zamfara where he served last. He is officially the 39th Police Commissioner since the creation of Rivers State.