COMMISSIONER of police in the Federal
Capital Territory, Abuja, Mr. Wilson
Inalegwu has asserted that the Nigeria
Police Force has no deliberate policy to
discriminate, intimidate or harass any
journalist in his/her line of duty.
Instead, the FCT police chief stressed that
any police officer who assaults journalists
will be sanctioned, adding that police and
journalists work hand in hand in curbing
crime in the society.
Inalegwu, who made the declaration at
the weekend while speaking at the monthly
general congress of the Nigeria Union of
Journalists, NUJ, Abuja chapter, explained
further that most journalists have helped
the police in managing crime in the FCT.
“So we must have a cordial relationship.
We cannot do our work without journalists
because the jobs are interwoven”, CP stated.
The CP assured that in the next 10 days
he will be hosting CP’s conference with
all area commanders and the divisional
police officers, DPO, and that he will invite some journalists who will also participate in
deliberations during the conference with the
view to ensuring that there is no fear and there
will not be mutual suspicion.
Speaking on the spate of kidnapping across
Nigeria, Inalegwu said kidnapping is not
common and prevalence in the FCT as it is
in other states. He applauded the Inspector
General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase for his
support of the territory through technical
He however mentioned three cases of
kidnap in the seat of power but said all the
three kidnapped children were rescued and
reunited with their parents without any
ransom paid.
The CP therefore advised victims of kidnap
to minimize their value while in kidnappers
den so that they (Kidnappers) will not demand
for huge ransom, explaining further that there
are critical stages in the abduction and rescue
progress. “At the point of kidnap, the victim
must be very careful to avoid being shot by
the kidnappers. Then, during the negotiation
and payment of ransom, always insist to speak
with the victim”, he hinted.

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