Warns NASS members, other politicians
Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar has ordered the police commissioner in Anambra state,Mr. Bala Nasarawa to arrest any National Assembly member or top politician found using siren in the state.
The IGP handed down the directive in Awka yesterday during a visit to Zone 9 of the Police.
He also paid visited Governor Peter Obi and had an interactive session with traditional rulers and other stakeholders in the state at the Governor’s Lodge at Amawbia, near Awka for over five hours.
Abubakar said Anambra state had the highest concentration of those using siren and declared that his visit to the state was partly to check the excesses of some politicians.
Other problems such as armed robbery and kidnapping,he said, would soon belong to the past.
He said many robbery and kidnapping suspects had already been arrested.
“Kidnapping has been a major source of worry for us in the police in Anambra state especially at Nnewi and its suburbs and that is why we are restructuring our formations in the state and we cannot continue like this for ever”.
“We also have excesses of siren users in Anambra state and we have the capacity to checkmate them,” he said.
During his visit to Gov.Obi he announced that 50,000 police men would be proceeding on security re-training soon.
Additional 16,000 police officers would be sent on intelligence training,he said.He maintained that the ban on road blocks remains.
He noted that 70 percent of the corruption in the police force is associated with road blocks adding that anybody arrested would be prosecuted.
Governor Obi commended the IGP for the reformation of the police since he took over.He said the state gove rnment had bought over 200 vehicles including Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) for the state police command.
Obi assured the IG that the state government would continue to give police adequate support .
Receiving the IG,the police commissioner, Bala Nasarawa had reeled out a litany of problems including lack of a befitting headquarters. others.
However, he said the police command had been working in tandem with the Nigerian Army, State Security Service (SSS), Civil Defence Corps, Federal Road Safety commission (FRSC) and the state government, among others.
Among those at the traditional rulers’ meeting with Abubakar were former President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, and Igwe Chukwuemeka Ike.