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Inauguration: Kogi, Rivers, Benue Causing Me Sleepless Nights –IGP

Posted: May 27, 2015 at 7:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Hassan Zaggi –  Abuja


As the nation is preparing for its transition programme on May 29, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, has disclosed that the three states of  Kogi, Rivers and Benue are the ones giving sleepless nights due to their high incidences of crime.

He, however, vowed that he would massively deploy personnel to those state in the next 48 hours to curb all crime and criminality and also ensure that the transition activities are hitched free.

Arase  disclosed this while fielding question from journalists during a meeting with  top police officers including Deputy Inspectors General (DIGs),  Assistant Inspectors General (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) in Abuja, yesterday.

The meeting, the IGP said, was convened to assess the success of special operations embarked upon by the police in Edo and Ekiti states in the last two weeks and to also map out strategies to ensure hitch-free inauguration of elected leaders at both the federal and states on Friday.

“We are sending the message loud and clear that the police will allow not miscreants in whatever guise to turn any state in the federation into obessian state.

“Wherever we find such miscreants, we will pursue them; we will arrest and prosecute them,” he stressed.

The IGP however warned that he would sanction any commissioner of police who allowed security situation to get out of hand and cause embarrassment to the nation before reporting it for intervention.

He therefore charged the CPs to promptly report threat to security in their respective states to the Force Headquarters in good time for possible intervention.

He, however, appealed to Nigerians not to corrupt the police officers by giving them bribe.

According to Arase; “We have a zero tolerance for corruption.  I am appealing to members of the public, do not corrupt my policemen. It takes two to tangle.

“If they ask you for bribe and you refuse to give, and you have avenues where your grievances can be ventilated, I do not see any reason why you should give them bribe.”