Paul Obiajunwo, PortHarcourt
THE Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Mr. Zaki Ahmed, upon resumption of office has vowed to tackle cultism, kidnapping and killings head on.
Ahmed who spoke on Tuesday at the Offcer’s Mess on Forces Avenue in Port Harcourt during his maiden briefing stated that the state must be habitable again for residents and visitors.
Ahmed noted that the state has suffered so much as a result of as a result of cult related activities, political tussle and armed robbery.
The CP disclosed that the rate of criminality in the state was propelled by cultism, adding that he would have zero tolerance for cultism.
He thanked Inspector General of Police, Idiri Ibrahim, for his efforts in fighting crime in the country and commended efforts officers of the state command for being resilient in ensuring that sanity returned to the state.
Ahmed said he would not condone corrupt act from any police officer, adding that any act of corruption would be investigated.
He said, “I am delighted to be in your midst today as the CP based on the confidence reposed on me by the respected IG of police. I must commend the effort of officers in crime fighting. Rivers is strategic to the economic development of the country.
“We will investigate arrest and prosecute offenders, who are culpable of any crime in the state. We will carry out our constitutional mandate without fear or favor.
“I have identified two clear problems that are bedeviling this state and they are political tussle and criminality. The state must be habitable for businesses to thrive.
Ahmed promised to reawaked checkpoint in strategic junctions in the state and that there would a massive mop up of fire arms.
He also promised to remain apolitical adding that all the political parties would be given equal playing field for their activities.
“Special check points and stop and search must be reawakened in the state. The police are expected to keep watch and track.
“We shall build data base to capture arrested criminals and exhibits recovered according to period.
“We will embark on massive recovery of illegal arms. This illegal weapons have been used to kill, robbed and kidnap. A massive onslaught has been put in place to recover unlawful arms.
“Assailants have not been brought to book while the victims cry for justice. There shall be zero tolerance for corruption and we shall ensure protection of human rights. Every complaint of corrupt practices must be investigated.
“My mission to this state is to fight crime and disorder I’m the state. I shall try to remove myself from politics because it is a distraction.
“It has come to my knowledge that illegal arms are much in the state. I shall put up a mechanics to mop up arms.
“We shall embark on regular raid of criminal hideouts. Armed robbery and killing is energized by cultism. The tactical units will be restored to carry out their activities.