Following the spate of kidnappings in some parts of Benin, Delta and Bayelsa States, the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 5, Benin City, Edo State, Abubakar Mohammed, has charged the Commissioners of Police in the Zone to raise their game and ensure adequate security of lives and properties.
The spokesperson for the Zone, Emeka Iheanacho, in a statement said the AIG in a meeting with the Commissioners spoke about security situation in the Zone and directed that security must be beefed up at entry and exit points linking major cities and rural areas.
The Zone which covers Edo, Delta and Bayelsa States, had in attendance Commissioners of Police from the three States, Zannah Ibrahim, (Delta), Amba Asuquo, (Bayelsa), and Johnson Kokumo, of Edo State respectively.
Emeka Ihenacho said at the meeting, the current crime wave with particular emphasis on the spate of kidnapping in the Zone was examined and the Commissioners of Police were charged to commence intensive patrol in the entire Zone.
AIG Abubakar directed that the Commissioners should de-emphasis their priorities on investigation of cases and place focus on patrol, visibility policing and other crime preventives measures.
He also observed that too many policemen were attached to various units at the Command headquarters and directed that the CPs should identify and ensure they are deployed to Divisions for visibility policing.
- Marcel Samuel