Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi has tasked the new Commissioner of Police (CP), Philip Maku to beef up the security apparatus and ensure that he eliminates the alarming cases of kidnapping and robbery troubling the state.
The governor gave the directive in the Exco Chambers of the old government house, Abakaliki, while receiving the new Commissioner of police who paid him a courtesy visit.
He expressed displeasure over the alarming rate of crime in the state in recent times and charged law enforcement agents saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and properties to seize the bull by the horns.
Umahi warned that if the crime wave continues to rise especially in the area of kidnapping and robbery, he will not hesitate to sack the Commissioner for Internal security and other stakeholders in the security sector.
He said that Ebonyi state as a community is concerned about security, and that for the past two years, they have not recorded cases of kidnapping and robbery.
Umahi also charged law enforcement agents to always carry out thorough investigation into matters brought before the police, adding that they would have have to go to court to obtain order to detain suspects for thorough investigation.
He, however, informed the new CP that he leads a wonderful team that would help him to carry out the task of policing Ebonyi, and that all his predecessors performed creditably well in their duties.
Earlier, CP Philip Maku said he was ready to key into governance which is security and welfare, coupled with community partnership with the use of technology in crime prevention.
CP Maku said with the cooperation of the society, crime will be reduced to the barest minimum in the state, adding that as humans there is no perfection.
He explained that security is everybody’s business and that in community policing, the community liases with the community to apprehend miscreants, street urchins and evildoers.
He admonished the people of Ebonyi to always share vital information that will help the police to purge the society of crime and not to harbour any criminal living among them.