- Police, transporters partner to curb crime in FCT
In order to ensure a peaceful and incident-free Yuletide celebration across Nigeria, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase has ordered watertight security in all nooks and crannies.
Consequently, the IGP directed all zonal assistant inspectors general, AIGs and state command commissioners of police, CPs to take all necessary measures to ensure the provision of adequate security across the country before, during and after the celebration.
IGP Arase stressed that CPs are to personally ensure that key and vulnerable points including; shopping malls, motor parks, financial houses, places of worship, recreation centres and other public places are adequately and effectively protected, to enable holiday makers, worshippers and the general public enjoy maximum fulfillment.
This is even as the Federal Capital Territory, FCT police command and various road transporters have partnered in order to eliminate crime completely from the seat of the federal government.
FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr. Wilson Inalegwu, during a meeting with transport operators in the territory, warned on speed limit especially at Mabushi by ministry of works to Jabi, as well as Berger-Area 1 road, warning against the issue of hit and run drivers.
He counseled on the use of pedestrian bridges in the FCT. “Let people use pedestrian bridges. Anybody trying to cross the road without using pedestrian bridges should be arrested and prosecuted.
He also warned on the use of fireworks and knockouts during the yuletide. “No use of fireworks and knockouts is allowed in the FCT during this period because the fire may cause an outbreak or cause panic that there is an explosion. I have also instructed the PRO unit that anytime construction companies notify us of stone blasts, such information should be giving out to the public to avoid panic.
The IGP, in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, an assistant commissioner of police, ACP Olabisi Kolawole, warned officers who will be deployed during the period, to ensure that they comport themselves and act within the confines of the law, stressing that such personnel must be firm but polite, civil and professional in the discharge of their assigned roles, giving due regard and respect to the fundamental human rights of citizens at all times.
The statement said, “IGP Arase on behalf of the Police High Command, officers and men of the Force, heartily felicitates with Christians in Nigeria as they join their counterparts across the globe to joyfully celebrate this year’s Christmas.
The police chief reminded Christians of the very significance of Christmas – the holy birth of Jesus Christ and therefore enjoined them to emulate and imbibe the worthy virtues, principles and teachings of Christ, by being open minded to issues of peace, forgiveness and harmonious co-existence, especially, at this auspicious moment in the history of our country.
Part of ACP Kolawole’s reads, “On the other hand, in the spirit of the season, the IGP expresses his gratitude to Nigerians for their cooperation, patience and understanding all through 2015, particularly in the face of daunting national security challenges.
She said the IGP sued for peace from all Nigerians, irrespective of religious, political and socio-cultural leaning, expressing the belief that the country’s multifarious challenges, including that of security, are surmountable with all hands on deck.
“The IGP equally uses this medium to pay tribute to all officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force, for their dedication, tireless courage and selfless service to father-land and humanity. He restates his resolve and commitment to reposition the Force, bargain for better welfare package and a more humane and conducive working condition for Police personnel. He commiserates with families of patriotic members of the Force who, like the heroes they truly are, paid the supreme price in the out-going year, to ensure that Nigerians enjoy peace and security.
“Finally, the IGP seeks the prayers, support and understanding of Nigerians, assuring that by God’s grace, the battle against crime and criminality will eventually be won.
…Police, transporters plan to curb crime in FCT
Meanwhile, Mr. Inalegwu has appealed to the transport operators in the Federal Capital Territory to help the police in ensuring that crime is totally eliminated in Abuja.
CP Inalegwu, who bragged that the seat of power witnessed minimal crime under his watch in the outgoing year, stressed that the partnership is necessary because most of the crimes cannot be successful without transportation.
He said the Command decided to meet with the transporters to establish a multiple policing network that will involve more people. “The police want to multiply our number by involving all the transporters. Policing involves stakeholders. We are police officers because we are employed, trained and are paid for the job but everybody is a policeman and officer”, Inalegwu stated.
“WE want FCT to experience peaceful celebration. Let the people go to recreational parks, motor parks, worship centres etc without fear. We can also assure you that police would always respond to your distress calls within 5-10 minutes. So give us timely information. Our plan and desire is that when you park your car or go into your house to sleep, you are sure of safety. Abuja is calm and very peaceful but we are not there yet. Cooperate with my DPOs so that we can make FCT safer for all of us”, CP appealed.
“2015 is better than last year and this wouldn’t have been possible without your collaboration; so we thank you. All our estates are now safe and residents can sleep with their eyes closed because the notorious robbery gang led by one Dennis Avaungwa has been smashed”.
Some of the transporters who contributed to the discourse lamented cases of “one chance” on the existing illegal motor parks and unpainted taxis in the FCT, appealing to the CP to create synergy with the transport secretariat of the FCT administration.
Chairman of Painted Abuja Taxis, PAT, Shehu S. Yar’Adua particularly blamed the one chance saga on unpainted taxis, and appealed to the FCT police to arrest such operators and prosecute them.
Some of the transport operators at the meeting included the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, RTEAN, Self Employed Commercial Drivers Association, Abuja, SECDAA, National Association of Road Transport Owners, NARTO and Painted Abuja Taxis, PAT.