Don’t Politicise Crime Fighting, Wike Charges New Rivers CP

NYESOM WIKEGovernor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has charged the new Police Commis­sioner in the state, Mr. Chris Ezike, to inten­sify the fight against kidnapping, robbery and cultism.

He gave the charge yesterday when he received the new Police Commissioner at Government House, Port Harcourt.

The governor noted that armed robbery, cultism and kidnapping had ad­versely affected the image of the state and urged the CP not to politicise the issue of se­curity.

Wike noted that gov­ernance revolves around security of lives and property.

He said: “Do the best you can, to improve secu­rity in the state.

“Crime fighting should not be politicised. All efforts should be geared towards ensuring that in­vestors return to the state”.

He asked the police boss to discharge his duties in a professional manner, urging him not to be swayed by those in­volved in name-dropping, for the purpose of secur­ing the release of suspects in police custody.

Governor Wike also advised him to take im­mediate steps, to address the issue of traffic conges­tion and illegal parking of commercial vehicles in the state capital.

He assured the police command of necessary support, in its bid to drastically reduce crimes in the state.

Speaking earlier, the new police commissioner told the governor that the command would do everything possible to combat crimes in the state.

Mr. Ezike identified kidnap­ping, cultism and armed robbery as the most preva­lent crimes in the state, adding that strategies had been mapped out to tack­le security challenges in the state.

He also assured the governor that the police would work towards ad­dressing the traffic prob­lem in Port Harcourt City.

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