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The new Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in-charge of Zone 9, Ene Okon has officially resumed duty.
Okon who left the state as a Commissioner of Police resumed duty on Monday, April 19 is the 19th AIG of zone 9.
The new zone 9 AIG, our correspondent learnt was promoted to the rank of an AIG on December 3, 2020 and was posted to head zone 12 with its headquarters in Bauchi State.
Okon had served as the Commissioner of Police Benue State, Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) Abuja, Federal Special Anti-robbery (FSARS) Force Headquarters, Abuja and among others.
Speaking to reporters in his office on Tuesday (today), Okon who noted that he was coming to the state at a challenging time said that he is drawing up startegic plans within the Abia, Imo and Ebonyi State Police Commands to ensure that insecurity in the zone was contained to give way to the much needed peace in the three States.
The AIG who said that he is worried over the incessant killing of policemen and burning of Police stations said a new strategy to nip such activities of hoodlums and unknown gunmen in the bud is on course.
On the low morale of Police officers occasioned by endsars and attack on police stations, Okon said that he will soon meet with the officers to boost their morale and confidence in line with the mandate of the new Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Baba.
“Abia, Imo and Ebonyi States are not new to me. It is not going to be strange for me to work here.
“Destruction of property is anti-societal development. This is why we must protect lives and properties of government and that of the general public.
“I am here on a supervisorial role, but I can assure you that despite coming to the zone at a very challenging time, I will make sure that I do my job to the best of my abilities.
“I have been the commissioner of Police in this state and the records are there. I will make sure that I replicate the fest I achieved here as a CP now that I am the AIG.
“What I ask from Abians and the citizens of the entire zone is for them to cooperate with me by providing credible information because we need to operate in a peaceful environment.
“My utmost desire is to make zone 9 a safe haven for human habitation, infrastructural development and a place that is safe for economic development.”