Commissioner of Police in the Federal Territory, FCT, Abuja, Mr. Wilson Inalegwu, has warned members of the public to stop obstructing police from discharging their duty or face criminal prosecution.
The FCT Police chief was reacting to a recent case whereby some persons allegedly attempted to stop police personnel from carrying out their lawful duty last Wednesday, May 6, at Pantaker Mpape.
Describing the incident as unacceptable, CP Inalegwu ordered a full scale investigation into the incident with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book, even as he re-emphasised the need for FCT residents to continue to partner with the Police in fighting crime.
The CP, in a statement issued yesterday by the Command’s spokesman, ASP Anjuguri Manzah, enjoined the public to always see police personnel as partners in progress who are working round the clock to make FCT and its environs safe and secure for their habitation and for the discharge of their lawful day-to-day affairs.
Part of the statement reads: “Members of the public should also note that obstructing police personnel from carrying out their lawful duty constitute a criminal offence that is contrary to section 148 of the penal code.
“While assuring the residents that the police will always be alive to its constitutional duty of protecting lives and property, the Commissioner seize this avenue to warn miscreants who have formed the habit of obstructing police personnel from discharging their lawful duty to immediately have a rethink and desist from such act or be prepared to be dealt with in accordance with the law.
Meanwhile, operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS attached to FCT Police Command on patrol have recovered a large sum of money concealed in a bag and hidden in an uncompleted building at a location around Zuba-Giri axis.
ASP Manzah however refused to disclose the amount when our correspondent called to enquire. He simply said the money is in millions.
The Command spokesman said the recovery is an assurance to FCT residents that the Command under CP Inalegwu is alive to its responsibility and that the proactive crime fighting measure put in place by the Command is indeed yielding the desired result.
ASP Manzah announced: “Members of the public who might have lost some sum of money concealed in a bag should come to the Command Police Public Relations Officer with proof of ownership for collection. Such persons should come with proof of ownership, including stating the exact sum of money lost, the denomination, the colour of the bag and the circumstances that led to the loss.

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