The new Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 9 headquarters in Umuahia Abia State, Yerima Fyarah, has said that the zone was making concerted efforts towards ending the lingering clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the zone.
He pointed out that the police extracted assurances from the host communities involved in the clashes to live peacefully with the herdsmen, adding that the police will want a situation where any part of the country will become hostile for people from other tribes.
The AIG who spoke in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, stated that the Zone 9 was planning to hold seminars and workshops to address the reoccurring clashes and also sensitize the people on the need to live peacefully with one another.
He added that police operatives in the zone were always on red alert and willing to act on useful information that could lead to the bursting of suspected criminal hideouts across the zone.
Fyarah pointed out that he had mapped out strategies for fighting crimes in zones to ensure that states under his command were peaceful for all Nigerians to live and do their legitimate business.
The AIG stated that his officers were willing to partner other security agencies in fighting kidnapping and other criminal offence.
He said, “I believe that effective policing cannot be an inclusive assignment. So we want to partner the general public through the media.
“We are calling on the people to always give us information concerning the strange activities in their area without delay because delay could be dangerous.
“We are working hard to reposition the police force and we have warned our officers to avoid illegal arrest and detention, harassment and intimidation and we are ready to discipline officers involved in such unprofessional conduct.
“I plead with every member of the public to endeavour to corporate with the police in the discharge of their duties. Nobody should be afraid of giving the police information about criminal activities in their area because no responsible police officer will expose his source of information,” he said.
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