The new Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom, CP Waheed Ayilara has vowed to raid criminal hideouts to fish out all criminal elements and ensure peace in the state.
Ayilara, who disclosed this on Monday during a maiden press conference held at the Police officers’ Mess in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, promised to make the state too hot for criminal elements and their collaborators to live.
He said, “I am using this medium to prevail on all criminals and their collaborators in the state to pack your bags and luggage and relocate from the state.
“It is not going to be business as usual. We shall take the battle to your hideouts and deny you freedom of action anywhere in the state.”
The Police Commissioner said that to achieve success in the planned action, the Command will collaborate with other security agencies and other critical stakeholders in the state.
Ayilara said that he would tackle unprofessionalism among police officers, noting that an “undisciplined officer is a threat not only to the policing family but to the community and the state he serves.”
He appealed to the residents of the state to embrace peace and resist any temptation to resort to violence, threat, or misinformation on social media that may threaten the security of the state.
The CP stressed that under his administration, Akwa-Ibom would be safe and secure, adding that he would do this within the context of the rule of law, professionalism, and utmost respect for fundamental human rights.
“My primary goal is to foster a safe and secure environment for every resident. Together, we will work tirelessly to uphold the rule of law, promote accountability, and ensure the safety of all indigenes and the residents of the state.
“The challenges we may face will be met with resilience, innovation, and a shared dedication to upholding the ideals of justice and security,” he added.
Late January 2024, operatives of the command arrested 10 suspected kidnappers who were said to be planning to abduct an expatriate involved in the construction work along the Calabar-Itu Highway in the state.
The suspects were arrested when operatives of the Ibiono Ibom division stormed their hideouts in the Ibiaku Ikot Oku community forest, after a tip-off.
On February 1, the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Umo Eno, pledged his administration’s commitment to combating the security crisis in the state.
The governor added that based on credible intelligence made available to him, some unknown residents within the state were supporting the criminals, hence, his administration would stop at nothing to overcome the challenge.
Credit Gist New Today News in Newspaper Nigeria Headlines