The new Commissioner of Police in Edo State, Mr Johnson Kokumo, says the state will no longer be a safe place for criminals.
He also vowed to start a new regime for crime fighting in the state, following a turbulent period when residents live in fear of attack by criminal elements.
Kokumo who was posted to the state from the Force Headquarters in Abuja made the pledge on Wednesday when he visited Governor Godwin Obaseki at the Government House in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
He appealed to the people to go about their lawful duties peacefully, noting that the State Police Command under his watch would have zero tolerance for crime.
“I want to assure you that Edo State will no longer be a haven for criminals; I advise them to leave the state.
“Edo people and residents of the state should go to sleep with both eyes closed because there will be proper policing both in the day and at night,” the new CP said.
On his part, Governor Obaseki expressed confidence in the ability of the new police boss to effect a drastic reduction in the crime rate.
He promised that the police would enjoy the needed support and cooperation of the state government to design a new security architecture in the state.
“we will give you the needed support to succeed. We believe that the responsibility for restoring law and order rests with the police.
“We hope that you will fulfil your constitutional responsibility by helping us enforce law and order in Edo State,” the governor said.