Governor Obi(l) and IGP Abubakar test drive on of the vans.
(Photo Credit: DAILY INDEPENDENT)
THURSDAY, JANUARY 3RD,2013
Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar on a one-day
working visit to Anambra State on
Wednesday said that compared to what
used to be the situation in the past,
security of life and property has improved tremendously in the state. Abubakar spoke shortly before he
received 50 pick-up vans and three
armoured trucks donated to the police by the Anambra State Government.
Describing Governor Peter Obi as “a very
good supporter of Nigeria Police”,
Abubakar said if other Governors emulate Obi’s example, the police would do much more than it is doing now. “I believe that if your brother Governors
emulate this gesture, Nigeria will be
better and Nigeria Police will be better.” Abubakar said he had just posted 500
policemen to Anambra State and that he
was considering Obi’s request to create
more police divisions and commands to
make the common man appreciate the
value of policemen.
After receiving the trucks, Abubakar
warned his men not to use the trucks to
molest people, but rather improve safety
and respect for human rights. He told his men that the money used to buy the vehicles came from tax payers and that they ought to feel the impact of the donation to the police.
In his speech, Obi said the priority of his
government this year was security of life
and property. “Our effort to change the fortune of the state is undermined by criminality,” the Governor said. Obi enjoined every Nigerian to support the Police,saying on his part,he will continue to support them. He said the state needed more police divisions and commands because those areas where there are divisions and commands have continued to expand.
Obi cited the example of Onitsha which
has just one police command, Obosi in
Idemili North council that has no
command, Ekwulobia in Aguata Local
Council that has continued to be
administered from Nnewi when it is big enough to have its own command and
Umunze in Orumba South Council that is
also big enough to have its own command. He pledged that if new commands and divisions were created, the state will not wait for the Federal Government to provide what was required to run them.
The Governor said the vans were donated so that the police will help the state achieve its vision in all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).He said with the donation he hopes that
the state will maintain its cordial
relationship with the police.