PHOTO CREDIT: NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
23 May, 2013
The Inspector General of Police,
Mohammed Dikko Abubakar Wednesday declared Enugu State as having the lowest crime rate in the country, saying that this fact was buttressed by statistics and empirical evidence.
Abubakar who was speaking yesterday while taking delivery of one hundred brand new vehicles donated to the police by the Enugu State Government, stated that this was largely a result of the tremendous support that the administration of Governor Sullivan Chime has been giving to the police and other security agencies.
He said: “Today, I can confirm, as the Inspector General of Police,that Enugu State has the lowest crime rate in Nigeria. I also confirm that Enugu is one the safest places in Nigeria. This is the result of the wonderful partnership between the Enugu State Government, the Police and other security agencies”.
He commended Governor Sullivan Chime for the gesture,saying it was an example that his colleagues should emulate. “I commend you (Chime) for this gesture. This is a shining example for your colleagues to emulate. This a practical demonstration that you love and care for your people and that you understand what it takes to provide security of lives and property”.
The Inspector General said the latest donation of vehicles by the government was unprecedented in the sense that it included both patrol vans and sedans (saloon cars) adding that it fell in line with the new policy objective of his administration to move away from vans as is the practice in the advanced countries.
He also praised Governor Chime for
has massive road development
programme in the state, noting that the provision of streetlights on the major roads of Enugu metropolis was of great assistance to the police in their war against crime in the state.
Alhaji Abubakar promised that with
the vehicles “a new brand of policing would commence in Enugu State because police officers would be adequately trained in the use of the vehicles.” Stressing that the gesture was a challenge to the police, he charged officers and men of the Enugu State Police command to use the vehicles only for their stated purposes to rid the state of criminals and warned that any abuse or misuse of the vehicles by the officers will be sanctioned.
Earlier while presenting the vehicles consisting of fifty patrol vans and fifty cars, Governor Chime remarked that it had been the policy of his administration since inception to partner with the police to maintain security. He disclosed that the vehicles were provided in partnership with local
government councils and were fully
equipped with modern communication gadgets.
The Governor added that the saloon cars would be used for patrols within the metropolis while the vans were to cover inter-government routes and the borders. The Governor said that his
government was determined to ensure that the people will feel the presence of the police wherever they are and in the event of any incidence of crime,the police will appear within five minutes of receiving any alarm or emergency notice.
It would be recalled the Chime
administration had over the past six years variously donated over one hundred patrol vans to the Police and other security agencies in the state