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Stay Away From Politics, Wike Tells New Rivers CP

Posted: Aug 4, 2016 at 6:55 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Daniel Abia

PORT HARCOURT – Nyesom Wike, Rivers State governor, has advised the state Police Command to be apolitical during the forthcoming rerun election as the people of the state would resist any plot to use instruments  of state to rig elections.

Speaking at the Government House, Port Harcourt, on Wednesday when Mr. Francis Mobolaji Odesanya, the new state Commissioner of Police, paid him a courtesy visit, Governor Wike charged policemen not to take sides in the discharge of their security duties.

He noted that the police should work professionally to create the right atmosphere for the people to exercise their franchise without molestation.

The governor stated, “If anyone uses instruments of state to rig elections, we will not fold our hands.”

He reminded the police of the need to weed compromised officers with political affiliation, pointing out that he has written to the Inspector-General of Police on the issue.

Wike maintained that the state government would continue to support the police to fight crime at all levels.

“For the past one year, we have bought over 100 vehicles for security agencies.  We will always support the police to improve security.

“We have to work together to fight crime. I am happy with the level of policing in the state which has reduced the level  of  crimes,” Governor Wike said.

The governor announced that the state government would supply additional vehicles to the police.  He also directed the local government councils in the state to provide logistics support to police divisions across the state.

Earlier, Mr. Odesanya, the new Commissioner of Police, said that the police under his leadership would ensure mop up of arms to promote security of lives and property.

He said that Rivers State would not be home to crimes as measures were being implemented to root them out.

He assured the people of the state that he would be apolitical and professional in the discharge of his duties.

The new commissioner of Police is the fifth police chief working with Governor Wike since he assumed duties on May 29, 2015.