NUJ pledges partnership with Police to combat crime
By Gabriel Awodeha
The Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ) will partner the Nigerian Police Force, NPF, in combating crime in the society through adequate media publicity of Police activities as well as public sensitization on security measures.
The Chairman, Ughelli Correspondents’ Chapel of the union, Comrade John Egie gave the hint yesterday when he led members of the chapel to a courtesy call on the Divisional Police Officer, DPO in charge of Ughelli “A” division of the Nigerian Police, CSP Kevin Zuokumor in his office at Ughelli, Ughelli North Local Government area of Delta State.
He acknowledged that for a crime free society, all hands must be on desk and pledged the union’s commitment to continue to work with the police to ensure that the society is safe for all to dwell in peace and harmony.
According to Egie, “We have come here today to familiarize ourselves with you and to assure you of our continuous support in assisting you do your job and we are also asking that you allow us do so by making the environment conducive for us to work together.”
In his remarks, the DPO, in charge of Ughelli ‘A’ division, CSP Kevin Zuokumor, commended the chairman and members of the union for the visit, pointing that the press is a vital organ to succeed in Crime fighting.
He said, “For any DPO to succeed, he needs the press and that is why I have always been a friend of the press wherever I go.”
He promised to work hand in hand with the press to ensure that crime is brought to a minimum level and to give the necessary support to journalists in course of their constitutional duties.
“Let me assure you of my support whenever the need arises and do not hesitate to call me anytime and anywhere you are in some kind of trouble with the police, but you must also be law abiding” the DPO said.
He advised the press to make sure they carried out proper investigation, verify their information before publishing.
“The police are the friend of the press and we need each other to succeed. Once you have any information that will help us do our job adequately, feel free to let us know and we will appreciate it.” CSP Zuokumor said.