Newly posted Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Mr. Chris Ezike has ordered the immediate withdrawal of policemen attached to politicians and other individuals, whose deployment were not authorised by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase.
Compol Ezike made the order while addressing divisional police officers, DPOs and other senior ranking officers of the command at the Senior Officers Mess, in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
He said officers and men under the Rivers State Command must remain politically neutral and advised those who are interested in partisan politics to resign and register with any of the existing political parties in the country.
Ezike, who expressed his willingness to work and partner with stakeholders in the state to combat crime to its barest minimum, further stated that men of the command must be hardworking and professional in their duties to justify the salaries they were being paid.
He said: “We shall with immediate effect review our personnel deployment profile and recover wastages and unauthorized deployments. Accordingly, all Squadron Commanders are directed to withdraw PMF personnel deployed to persons not entitled and without approval from the Inspector-General of Police.
“Similarly, all Area Commanders, Heads of Departments and DPOs are directed to also withdraw their personnel so deployed. A monitoring Task Force shall soon commence action to ensure compliance.
“The 2015 Elections have come and gone. However, the aftershocks still remain. The Police under my watch must remain neutral, professional, fair but very firm. Any policemen or women who has political interest or is so committed to the ideals of any political party is advised to resign his or her commission to enable him/her register as a political party member.”
The police boss regretted the rise in violent crimes such as kidnapping, armed robbery and cultism in the state, and expressed readiness of the state command under his watch to reverse the trend and put a stop to the drift.

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