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New Rivers CP, Ezike, Reads Riot Act To Officers

Posted: Jul 2, 2015 at 1:39 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

•Pledges To Tackle Criminality

By Daniel Abia, P/Harcourt

OFFICERS and men of the Nigeria Police Force, Rivers State Command, have been urged to be on their toes to ensure that adequate security of lives and property become their priority in policing the state.

The new Commissioner of police, Chris Ezike, read this Riot Act to members of the command located on Moscow Road, Port Harcourt, in his maiden briefing with senior officers and men on Thursday July 2, 2015.

Ezike said policemen must justify their monthly pay by performing commensurate duties, adding that idleness, malingering, poor attitude to crime fighting shall not be tolerated.

He ordered that henceforth policemen must display professional knowledge, operate within the laws, rules and extant regulations, noting that reckless use of firearms against the provisions of the Force Order 237 shall not be condoned.

“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  or her register as a political party member.

“All officers and men are to ensure that their actions and conducts remain within the provisions of the Nigeria Constitution, Police Acts and Regulations and other extant legislations,” he said.


The police boss explained that within the same framework, “any police officer that abuses the goodwill he enjoys or wallops same on the platform of ineptitude or corruption will have full sanctions visited on him as applicable.

“Conversely, those subjected to indignation, attack or unprovoked humiliation will be adequately protected and defended within the provisions of the law”, he assured.

Ezike explained that the meeting on Thursday with Senior Officers, Area Commander, DPOs and other relevant Sectional Commanders was to enable him interact and brainstorm with them to learn about the peculiar law enforcement challenges they face in their respective departments, divisions and formations to enable the Command design new strategies, develop fresh approaches and adopt measures that would complement existing strategies.

The objective of this focus, is to combat cultism, kidnapping, armed robbery, homicide and other violent crimes that undermine the state’s peace, security and general well-being of Rivers State.

“The State occupies a vital economic position in the affairs of the country, we cannot therefore, close our eyes and pretend that all is well.”

He assured that he would adopt high visibility policing method, stating that policemen must not only be on patrol but must be seen to be on patrol.

“We shall also develop and implement a standard operation procedure that will enhance coordination to distress management and consequently reduced response time.

“High visibility policing will give the citizenry psychological assurance besides the physical certainty but requires enormous manpower.

“I am convinced that with personnel strength of 15,521, 3PMF Squadrons excluding visiting PMF Units, Rivers State Command has the manpower it takes to ensure effective and efficient policing.”

To strengthen this strategy, Ezike immediately reviewed the personnel deployment profile to recover wastages and unauthorised deployments to the effect that all Squadron Commanders were directed to withdraw PMF personnel deployed to persons not entitled and without approval from the Inspector General of Police.

Similarly, all Area Commanders, Head of Department and DPOs were directed to also withdraw their personnel so deployed a monitoring task force would soon commence action to ensure compliance.