Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi on Wednesday called on the Management of the Nigerian Police to streamline its operations especially as it relates to arrest to prevent loss of lives and wastage of funds.
He made the call when the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 6 Calabar, Abubakar Marafar paid him a courtesy call in Abakaliki, the state capital.
The governor said because their was no streamlined operations in transfer of cases, criminals and dangerous elements have in the past capitalise on this to abduct people in the state posing as officers from Force Headquarters Abuja.
“We have a structure of the police post, the local government headquarters, the zonal headquarters and the national headquarters. So, we find it very strange a situation in which somebody can write a petition and our system in such that when you write a petition nobody
ask you to substantiate it but people will go ahead to arrest people. While doing the arrest especially from Abuja, the lives of the people are in danger”.
“A situation where people dress in Police uniform from Abuja and come down here to arrest people is worrisome. We are pleading that the organigram of the police should be followed so that before a matter is crossed to a zone, let it be a matter that will be transmitted by the CP of a state to the zone based on fact that the complainant was not satisfied with the way the petition was treated at that level and from zone it should start going to the national headquarter”.
“By this way, the society will have more confidence on the police and it will enable us to have transparent system. Sometimes arrest is meant for punishing people, a means of distracting people but I always say that in anything we do, we should always have the fear of God because whatever a man sowet no matter the religion, the person must have to reap it”.
Speaking earlier, AIG Marafar said he was in the state to thank the Governor for the facilities he has provided for the Police.
He named the facilities to inclue: provision of security infomation system at all local governments of the state, renovation of the police headquarters Abakaliki and provision of street lights inside the headquarters.
He reiterated the resolve of the police to check crime and criminalities in the state and the one even as he called fo support of the populace to do so.