The Inspector General of Police, Alkali Usman Baba has been lauded for coordinating the attack on insurgents which led to the foiled second attack on the Imo State Police Command headquarters on June 6.
The National Chairman of Police Community Relations Committee, PCRC, Amb. Faruk Maiyama made the commendation at the inauguration of the PCRC, Zone 9 in Umuahia, Abia State.
Maiyama decried the deteriorating security situation in the country particularly in the South East where he said hoodlums have made policemen and police facilities soft targets.
He said; “We have witnessed the progressive deterioration of the security situation in the country today. The case of the South East is particularly pathetic because hoodlums have made it clear that they do not want to see the police. And so both policemen and police facilities have become soft targets that must be eliminated at all cost by them.
“However, we place on record our gratitude to God that the police have finally found their bearings. We commend the Inspector General of Police, for the way he coordinated the attacks against the insurgents that came to attack the Imo State Police Command Headquarters again and for successfully bringing them to their knees.
“This is a clear message that criminals are not invincible and that God will always hear the cry of the people. We thank all the sister security agencies that participated in the operation to thwart the evil ambition of these criminals.”
Maiyama also expressed confidence in the ability of the new Chairman of the PCRC, Zone 9, Mr. Chima Chukwunyere to take the zonal PCRC to greater height.
He charged Mr. Chukwunyere to reenact the success he recorded while serving as Imo State PCRC that earned him a Goldstar award in 2016.
The National Chairman listed the duties of the members of the PCRC to include creating a good atmosphere for police operations through community mobilization and carrying out continuous , consistent and intensive advocacy and sensitisation meetings aimed at enlightening community folks on their role in community policing.
He observed that given the precarious security situation in the country, the task was not for the lily livered.
Maiyama charged members of the PCRC to discharge their assignment without fear or favour.
According to him, the PCRC would be deemed to have failed if they do not stand with the police to rid the society of miscreants.
In his post-inauguration speech, Mr. Chima Chukwunyere pledged that the PCRC Zone 9 would work in synergy with the police to ensure the restoration of peace in the zone.
He charged the members to gird their loins for the work ahead even as he thanked the three states’ PCRC in the zone for their support.