Police Commissioner recently posted to the Benue State Command, Mukaddas Mohammed Garba, has urged the people of the state to feel free to volunteer information to the Police in order to help combat crime, assuring that informants would be adequately protected.
He spoke today at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi during a courtesy call on Governor Samuel Ortom.
The Police Commissioner stated that men of the command would be professional and civil in their conduct, stressing that he would cooperate with the Governor and members of the public to ensure security for lives and property of Benue people.
He stated that he had already patrolled Makurdi metropolis both day and night and had acquainted himself with the terrain, pointing out that strategies were being mapped out to ensure that people of the state sleep with their two eyes close.
Mr. Garba noted that he had also met with all the Divisional Police Officers in the state and tasked them against corruption and collecting money before bail, stressing that non compliance would attract stiff sanctions.
Governor Samuel Ortom lamented constant tranfer of Police Commissioners in the state and appealed to the Police Service Commission and the Inspector General of Police to allow Commissioners time to settle down and get used to their commands in order to better combat crime.
The Governor acknowledged the efforts of the Police and other security agencies in the fight against criminality and insecurity in general, even as he pledged his administration’s support to security formations with a view to ensuring a more secure state.
Governor Ortom directed his Special Adviser on Security to liaise with the Police Commissioner and other security agencies to compile a list of all security operatives who lost their lives while defending the state for financial support to their families, saying as breadwinners, they would be greatly missed.
He sued for collaboration among the three tiers of government in order to help the Police secure Nigerians better, saying the force was grossly under-staffed and underfunded.
Governor Ortom also received the Federal Commissioner representing North Central Zone at the Police Service Commission, Mr. Rommy Mom at the Benue Peoples House on a courtesy visit where he acknowledged his commitment to justice and the rule of law and commended President Muhammadu Buhari for finding a Benue son worthy to serve in that capacity.
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