Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase has threatened serious action against Commissioners of Police in Rivers, Cross River, Ebonyi and Akwa-Ibom States if they failed to stem crime in their commands.
The affected states form Zone 6 police command and the IGP said he was highly embarrassed that despite several directives on anti-crime activities, there were reports of increasing trend of kidnapping and violent crimes in the zone.
Arase therefore challenged the officers and men of the command to put all hands on deck at stemming the tide, even as he put an embargo on all forms of leave, either casual or annual, for officers and men in those commands.
The IGP’s warning was contained in a press statement issued in Abuja yesterday by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Emmanuel Ojukwu, who said “with a view to further ensuring that the order is complied forthwith, the IGP has also put an embargo on all forms of leave, either casual or annual for officers and men in these commands.”
Ojukwu said the police high command equally reaffirmed its commitment at leaving no stone unturned to ensure that peace prevailed and people go about their lawful businesses in all parts of the country.
He enjoined members of the public to continue to collaborate with the police by reporting any suspicious person or criminal element at the nearest Police Station for prompt action.

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