The Inspector-General of Police, (IGP), Alkali Baba Usman on Monday, visited the Delta State command of the force with a charge on police officers to go hard on proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), while keeping silent on the activities of criminal herdsmen in the State.
Speaking to the officers of the State police command in Asaba, the IGP Baba Usman said there was the need to get prepared and deal with any crime or criminality to ensure that they are brought to book.
While reacting to some of the challenges facing the command, ranging from IPOB activities and herdsmen attacks as raised earlier by CP Ali Ari, IGP Usman noted that the proximity of Anambra to Asaba makes it susceptible to aggressions from the Eastern part of the country.
However, the Police Chief did not respond to the challenge of incessant farmers/herders clashes in the state.
According to him,” It is expected that whatever affect Anambra, may likely affect Asaba, the State capital. “There are spillover of agitations or demonstration from Onitsha to Asaba.
“That is why you need to get prepared to deal with any crime or criminality to ensure that they are brought to book.
“You need to brace up to IPOB challenges because, it is a proscribed organization and treat them as such.”
He urged officers to be disciplined in the discharge of their duties in order to prevent a reoccurrence of the END SARS protest.
He said though ‘stop and search’ should be thorough, there is the need to be selective and “have a level of suspicion before stopping and searching any vehicle.”
He commended the command for it’s efforts in fighting criminality in the State, adding that it has to do more for the best, so that citizens can go about their duties without any fears or molestation.
Earlier, the State Commissioner of police, Ali Muhammed Ari disclosed that 253 assorted arms and 8,756 ammunition were recovered from criminals, since he assumed office.
According to him, “217 robbery suspects, 194 kidnap suspects, 912 suspected cultists and 94 murder suspects were arrested during the period”.