The newly posted Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, Mr Donald Awunah, says he will consolidate on the successes recorded by his predecessor to ensure continued peace and security in the state.
Mr Awunah made the remark while addressing journalists as he arrived at the Police Headquarters in Uyo, the state’s capital where he officially resumed duties.
He was welcomed with cheers from officials of the command, obviously because he had earlier served in the state as an Assistant Commissioner of Police, CID Department from 2011 to 2013.
The Police Commissioner said that the command, under his leadership, would undertake a people-oriented policing with emphasis on community and democratic policing.
He assured the people of the state that the police would remain apolitical in the discharge of its duties and also appealed for the support of personnel of the command and the public in ensuring the safety of lives and property across Akwa Ibom State.
“My dear colleagues (and) gentlemen of the press, I’m happy to be back in Akwa Ibom; It is a good place to be. I appeal for your support to enable us succeed.
“It is our collective responsibility (and) I cannot do it alone. Let us work together to ensure that the state continues to (be in) peace.
“I count on your support and cooperation,” the Commissioner said, adding that “the police will remain apolitical in the discharge of its duties”.
Mr Awunah succeeded Mr Murtala Mani who was recently transferred from the state.
The Benue State-born officer was until this appointment, the Police Public Relations Officer at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
The Cross River State Command of the Nigeria Police has paraded about 30 persons suspected of different crimes in Calabar, the state capital.
Parading the suspects at the State CID, the Commissioner of Police (CP), Henry Fadairo, said that the exercise is part of the Command’s efforts towards eradicating criminal activities in the state.
While briefing reporters, the CP claimed the suspects were arrested at different locations of the state for crimes ranging from armed robbery, unlawful possession of fire arms, cultism among others.
He maintained that the Police would continue to fish out all perpetrators of crime in the state and bring them to book, in order to achieve a crime-free Cross River.
Mr Fadairo also called on the public to always assist the Police with useful information.
The Governor of the coastal Lamu County, Issa Timamy, has been arrested over connection with the series of gun attacks in the Coastal Town, Mpeketoni, by the Kenyan Police.
Governor Issa Timamy was arrested late Wednesday over the Mpeketoni and Kibaoni killings that claimed nearly 60 lives.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has dismissed Al-Shabab’s being responsible for the attack but blamed “local political networks” for the violence. Though, opposition parties have derided Mr Kenyatta’s claims.
Timamy had been in Nairobi for a meeting with the Deputy President Ruto, before he flew back to Lamu, where he was summoned for questioning and later detained.
The head of the Kenya Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Ndegwa Muhoro, said that the Governor is in custody and Timamy was due in Mombasa court on Thursday. “There are various charges lined up for him that are related to the attack”, he said.
Police, on Wednesday also arrested 13 alleged separatists suspected of planning more attacks in the country’s coastal region, while three others have also been charged in connection with the killings, including a police officer, the owner and driver of a vehicle used by the attackers, and a suspect accused of running fake Shebab social media accounts.
In a statement, the Interior Ministry said that those arrested were suspected of plotting “ethnic cleansing” attacks and were members of the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC), a coastal separatist group.
The ward congress of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Ondo State turned bloody yesterday as one Bosun Adegorola was shot dead and 15 others seriously injured during the exercise.
The deceased was shot on the head at Ajipowo area ward 2 in Akure, the state capital when some members of another faction invaded the area and complained about the conduct of the primaries.
According to the Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command, Mr Wole Ogodo, no fewer than three persons have been arrested by the police for alleged breakdown of law and order in the state and detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department, CID.
A faction of the party had pulled out of the congress, alleging marginalisation.
The faction that pulled out included a member of the Board of Trustees of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples’ Party, ANPP, Captain Demola Ariyo, the party’s state chairman, Yemisi Aladesaye, State Chairman of defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Olalekan Obolo and its governorship candidate in the October 2012 gubernatorial election, Soji Ehinlanwo.
The Delta State Commissioner of Police, Ikechukwu Aduba, says a crack team of police detectives led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, CID, Asaba are trailing those behind the murder of two legal practitioners, Mr Dafiogho Egwuono and Samuel Ekwaghanju.
Both men were killed along the lonely oil company service road in Ozoro, Delta State.
In protest of the killing, the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, had threatened to boycott all cases related to kidnapping, under the guise that the two men were killed because they served as defence lawyers in a kidnap case at Ozoro High Court.
But the State Commissioner of Police has asked the NBA to give him time to investigate properly, the cause of the murder.
He said that the Police would do its best to unravel the killing and arraign suspects in the case as soon as they are apprehended.