Uduaghan Presents 60 Patrol Vehicles To Police

Expresses Concern Over Release of Police Officers Accused Of Aiding, Abetting Kidnapping

BY AUSTINE ETAGNHENE

THE Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has expressed concern over the release from custody of some police officers allegedly linked to the incidence of kidnapping in the state.

The governor, who voiced his concern when the acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Mohammed Abubakar paid a courtesy visit on him yesterday in Asaba, explained that it became necessary as it coincided with the resurgence of kidnapping in the state.

According to him, there was a drastic reduction in the incidence of kidnapping during the absence of the police officers when they were apprehended and taken to Abuja, but stressed that soon after their release the crime has peaked.

He said that Deltans have been agitated by the development and were requesting that the matter be re-visited and thoroughly investigated to ensure that justice was done. His words: “The people of Delta State want me to send a message to you on recent happening in the State and even the State House of Assembly deliberated on it. Few days ago some persons, your police officers, suspected to be involved in kidnapping which were earlier apprehended, were released”.

“What bordered us was that their release coincided with the recent upsurge in kidnap cases in the State…So we want you to have a second look at that issue”, he added.

Governor Uduaghan, who commissioned 60 Patrol Vehicles and Communication Gadgets for the Delta State Police Command after the courtesy visit, commended IGP for his foresight in removing road blocks from Nigerian roads.

He said though there were initial doubts when the road blocks were removed, the strategy adopted by the IGP in removing the road blocks helped to reduce corruption and bribery in the force and stop the menace caused by police officers on the roads.

“When the IGP ordered the removal of road blocks from our roads, there were a lot of doubts. But the strategy he adopted has shown that we do not need them. Indeed, we have come to realize that the road blocks where a menace”, he stated.

The governor clarified that the state government was not contemplating the use of local security as it believes the police can deal with criminality if properly motivated and funded.