By Jon Egie

Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba

The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of any division of the Nigeria Police in Delta State Command where more than three incidents of violent crimes such as armed robbery and kidnapping are recorded in a month are henceforth to be removed from office.

This was the marching order given to officers and men of the Nigeria Police by the new Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ikechukwu Aduba during an operational visit to the Delta Central Area Police Command, Ughelli, Wednesday, March 28.

“If you cannot meet up step aside or be removed from your division” the CP said adding that he is personally involved in the look out for the criminals in the state and so, no DPO should be left out in the search and chase of the criminals.

The CP further warned that any DPO who violates the order will not only loose his office but will be taken to the Headquarters for designated duties and worse still, might be on a solicited transfer to any of the Boko Haram infested States.

“You know why you joined the job, you must do your best” the CP urged.

The CP who is ostensibly worried by the escalating spate of kidnapping in the state also reminded members of the public that kidnappers are not I police barracks but that they are members of the larger society.

He called on the public to cooperate with the Police by bringing useful information that can lead to tracking and arrest of the kidnappers in their neighbourhood.

“You have a role to play and I assure you that the Police will treat your information with uttermost confidentiality.”

And for the criminals, the CP asked them to have a rethink about their criminal activities saying “there is no gain, you will have no peace by running from place to place and at last the long arm of the law will surely get you. So, change I beg you and if you do not change, I am prepared to confront you.”

Based on a request by the chairman of the Police Public Relations Committee (PPRC) in Ughelli, Mr. Victor Olasupo for the CP to provide adequate number of vehicles for the police to thoroughly comb the area, the CP said that what was important in the present fight against crime and criminality is intelligence gathering and not necessarily vehicles.

He encouraged the participation of the local vigilante group in assisting the police fight crime.
The host Area Commander, Mr Bassey Essien (ACP) used the opportunity to add that without the cooperation of the public, the police cannot break even with crime burst and control even if they are given all the money and vehicles in the world.

“When we refuse to give information to the police we are unconsciously encouraging crime and until we change that attitude we are not working together”.

Early on the meeting, in a welcome address, the AC told the CP that the Command’s cardinal point is preventive policing and called for the encouragement of discipline, known to be the bed rock of the force.