The Abia Commissioner of Police, Leye Oyebade, says the different strategies implemented by the command in fighting crime and criminality is gradually paying off.
He disclosed this at the Officer’s Mess in Umuofia shortly after decorating 20 officers who were promoted from assistant superintendent to deputy superintendent of police.
According to him, the measures put in place to ensure that the team cover all the flash point in the state with the implementation of operation stop and search has led to the arrest of some suspects involved in armed robbery, kidnapping amongst others.
He, however, hinted that the command would not rest on its oars until the criminals are totally flush out.
The Commissioner of Police in Abia State, Adeleye Oyebade, has assured the citizens of the state of a crime-free festive season as officers have been directed to implement all the necessary plans to secure lives and properties.
While briefing newsmen in Umuahia, CP Oyebade warned that the command would not fold its arms and watch miscreants disturb the existing peace in the state and hinted that they would maintain a zero tolerance to crime and would not hesitate to bring to book anybody who tries to disobey it.
“For the incoming Christmas and the New Year, we have made our resolution that it is going to be free of any ugly incidents and hideous crime.
“That is why all the Police officers have been called and directed to map out strategies that would ensure that their area of responsibility is kept tidy for the Christmas.
“I want Abians in Diaspora in their large numbers to come and celebrate, and I want to assure them that we will cover all the areas before, during and after festivities.
“I urge everybody to please partner with us,” he said.
The Abia State Police Commissioner, Oyebade Adeleye said that the command has strategically put in place measures that would guide against abduction of school students from their dormitory or on the way home.
He made this statement at the Police Headquarters in Bende Road, Umuahia, during the parade of suspected criminals who were accused of being involved in various hideous crimes that include rape, murder, armed robbery, stealing and snatching of vehicles amongst many others.
The items recovered from them include televisions, phones, money, AK-47 rifles, live ammunition, locally made pistols and two vehicles.
According to the CP, the suspects, if found guilty, would be arraigned in court to face the full wrath of law.
One of the suspects is a 23-year-old motorcycle operator from Lokpaukwu, carrying the picture of the lifeless body of the 65-year-old victim whom he allegedly raped and later murdered. He refused to admit to the crime.
Another suspect is Nwaka Aka from Owo Ahia Afor in Obingwa Local Government Area, who specializes in buying stolen goods from an armed robber.
The Police Commissioner hinted that the command is also making efforts to prevent abduction and kidnapping in the schools across the state.
He urged all and sundry to partner with them by volunteering information at all times.