The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba has assured that the worst days of insecurity in the Southeast region of the country is over.
IGP Baba, stated this in Umuahia, the Abia State capital during a one-day visit to the Abia State Command.
Usman represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police Mobile Force in-charge of the deployment of Police Mobile Force personnel across the five Southeast states, DCP Aderemi Adeoye said that he was in the state to speak to its personnel and to also monitor the security situation in the zone after the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba launched the Operation Restore Peace (in Southeast) by the IGP in Enugu, Enugu State.
According to Adeoye, “We felt like every ordinary citizen on the street that a situation where life is brutish and short cannot be accepted as an index of proper living and development.
“So the President gave order for the Police to intervene and restore normalcy and the inspector general of Police came to Enugu to lunch this Operation, Operation Restore Peace with clear directives and mandate on what is to be done.
“We are happy to observe that the objectives have been archived and the men have kept to the rules of engagement, very professional in the discharge of their duties.
“They have respected fundamental human rights and even when there was an attack on this headquarters the men stood their grounds two men lost their lives in protecting lives and properties that was why we observed two-minute silence in the honor of their memory.
“Whatever benefit that are due to our men who have to perform so gallantly will not be denied them and we are here to encourage them to boost their morale and to let them know that we feel their pain even in the face of a shortage of resources, they have remained true to their calling and they have remained true to their oath of office.”
The Police Chief who reinstated the readiness of the police to tackle any forms of criminality in the southeast zone, applauded its personnel for ensuring that, there was significant security improvement not just in Abia State, but the Southeast region.
“As police officers sworn to defend both the citizenry and protect property. The threats have abated, but we are not relaxing on our oars.
“They will remain in place. They will consolidate the peace and to ensure full normalcy returns to Abia State and all the states in the southeast and the south-south where have been designated as our Area of Responsibility (AOR).”
“I have met and interacted with the CP and I am proud of her leadership. She is a seasoned and experienced officer. She has provided good leadership for our men and for the entire operation.
“The Visit is across the five states of the southeast; Abia, Imo, Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi States respectively.
“We are not anticipating more crisis, but we are prepared for any crisis. We will remain in place to ensure that no threat rears its head and where it does, we will neutralize it to make sure that the peace establish is consolidated upon.
“We don’t want any situation where we pull out and the situation becomes worse again; the cost of deploying personnel is huge and to start redeploying them again will be on the high side.
“The IG receives situation reports regularly and he is in touch with the situation on the ground. At the appropriate time, from his wealth of experience and knowledge, when it is okay to give a stand out order, the IGP will do so and until then, we remain in position.
“My advice to the good citizens of Abia State is for them to go about their lawful businesses without fear of any harassment. We are not here to make life difficult for the people. We are here to assist and support them and to help them solve their problems.
“We will not constitute operational menace to the people. We respect their fundamental human rights and if any abuse is observed, they should report to the commissioner and I know that it will be properly addressed. We will not allow our men to be a burden to the people. Abians should feel safe and free.
“They should not feel intimidated at the presence of police personnel. They should see them as being here to protect them and if they have any concern or fear, they should relate to the men; that is the reason for our existence.
“We are here to serve the people. We are not their masters, so let the people not be intimidated at the sight of policemen and once normalcy returns, we will draw down so that people can have some sense of relief.
“My assessment of security situation in Abia State is that, it has improved vastly. Definitely, the worst days are over and we can get better from this point.
“The withdrawal of policemen from certain locations was a strategic move so that we can have them in tactical units so that they can respond quickly to any direction where threats are coming from and it is not an adjudication of responsibility.
“As normalcy returns, normal policing will continue. For now, we have our traffic wardens at all points and we also have undercover policemen on mufti all over the place, monitoring events and gathering intelligence. Not seeing policemen in uniform doesn’t mean that the police is not there.
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“Police are actually everywhere and they monitor what goes on. But very soon we will begin to deploy even uniformed personnel to all the strategic junctions and locations.”