The Assistant Inspector of police in charge of zone 16, AIG Austin AGBONLAHOR says the command under his watch will tackle the issue of Cultism, Kidnapping and sea Piracy to the barest minimum.The AIG Austin AGBONLAHOR at the Familiarization tour of state boosted that the command has tackled the frequent Kidnapping on east west road and would deploy same mechanism in tackling the issues of Cultism prevalent in Rivers state and sea Piracy in Bayelsa state.He also challenged members of the public with proof of police Extortion to bring it the notice of the CP or the AIG if they feel the matters are not adequately addressed at the divisions.
For his part the Rivers state commissioner of police Joseph Mukan Said some of the challenges faced by the command include lack of Training for the men of the Command, inadequate equipment for fighting crimes and operational patrol vehicles.
The CP Joseph Mukan also hinted that some notorious Criminals in the state are beginning to surrender their arms in response to the IGP directive to mop up arms from unauthorized members of the public
Correspondent Anita Ogona reports that the AIG Austin AGBONLAHOR emphasized that Local vigilante and Ospac security groups are not permitted to bear arms as their jobs is more of information not crime fighting.Meanwhile the Rivers state police public relations officers NNAMDI OMONI in HIS Press release of the event wrote
The Rivers State Police Command today played host to the pioneer Zonal Commander of Zone 16 Headquarters Yenagoa, AIG Austin I. Agbonlahor psc,MNIM, FCAI, fdc who touched base at the State Headquarters and had a robust interactive Session with Officers and Men of the Command.
The AIG and his Team were received on arrival by the Commissioner of Police, CP Joseph G. Mukan psc (+) and his team.
2. Welcoming the AIG, the CP, in his address thanked the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu NPM, mni, for blessing the fledging Zone with an astute Administrator who had served the Force in various capacities and still counting, with the view of bringing his wealth of experience to bear. The CP also reeled out the challenges of the Command and craved the indulgence of the AIG to make a case for the Command, while assuring him that the Command will not be deterred but will continue to strive to entrench quality policing service that will stand the test of time.
3. Responding the AIG, promised to do all within his powers to address the concerns raised by the CP, noting that he was impressed with the synergistic relationship with the Command and the public, including the sister security Agencies. He applauded the CP’s commitment in keying into the IGP’s Community Policing Initiative and further directed that the clampdown on proliferation of prohibited firearms must be vigorously enforced and all illegal firearms mopped up in accordance with the Firearms Act.
4. Highlight of the AIG’s Visit was the inspection of the Recruitment Exercise currently going on at the Civic Centre, Moscow Road Port Harcourt.
5. In attendance were Senior Officers of the Command, DPOs/HODs and Members of the Inspectorate and Rank and File.