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Arase Laments Rate Of Kidnaping

Posted: Jun 18, 2015 at 3:50 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emmanuel Udom  – LAGOS


The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase has expressed dissatisfaction with the estimated 35,141 police officers serving in various police formations across states in Zone 6 Police Command, over increasing rate of kidnapping across states in the southern part of the country.

The Zone 6 of the Nigerian Police comprises: Cross River, Rivers, Ebonyi and Akwa Ibom states. The IGP in expressing displeasure with the upsurge in the rate of kidnapping issued a stern warning to police officers serving in the zone to arrest the increasing kidnapping trend in the zone.

Emmanuel Ojukwu, Force Public Relations Officer in a statement on Tuesday said that Arase is bothered that despite several directives on anti-crime activities, there are reports of increasing trend of kidnapping and violent crimes in zone 6 police command.

Ojukwu, a Commissioner of Police is quoted as saying that “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”.

The police high command equally reaffirmed its commitment at leaving no stone unturned to ensure that peace prevails and people go about their lawful businesses in all parts of the country.

It could be recalled that Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 6, Calabar, Tunde Ogunsakin had earlier in the month charged Dan Bature, Gabriel Achong, Henry Fadairo and Maigari Dikko, Commissioners of Police for Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Ebonyi Sates respectively  to employ immediate strategies to combat kidnapping, cultism and post-elections violence in their states.

However, some media reports had alleged that Ogunsakin singled out Rivers as the state that had become “increasingly notorious” for crimes like kidnapping and cultism, calling on the state police commissioner to act convincingly by showing special crime fighting abilities to put the situation under control.

The AIG Zone 6 explained that the situation in Rivers had prompted the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to make constant calls to him (Ogunsakin) to express his (Arase) dissatisfaction.