The 2018 Abia state Police Command Christmas Carol of Nine Lessons and End of the Year Thanksgiving service has held in Umuahia with a call on Abians to eschew political violence and other crimes, especially as the 2019 general elections draw near.
Addressing officers, men of the force and other worshippers at the Central Police Station Chapel, Umuahia, the Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike explained that the birth of Jesus Christ was to drive away kidnapping and other criminal activities and bring peace.
According to Ezike, “My system is a system of community policing, you connect with God, connect with the people in order to make the place safer and that is what we intend to use to carol of nine lessons to achieve.
“The Nigeria Police Force in realization that the moral proponents of policemen is important in achieving maximum security, deemed it necessary to organise this event.
“The carol of nine lessons will keep away kidnappers, keep away armed robbers and cultists, to enable us enjoy the Christmas, then for all those ones who think its not yet time to quit, we shall quit them.”
Addressing the gathering, wife of the Abia state governor, Deaconess Nkechi Ikpeazu who read the first lesson, called on Christians to celebrate the birth of Christ with sober reflection on the finished work of Christ on calvary.
She warned against excessive drinking and merriment but stressed the need to reach out to the less privileged.
The Bishop, Umuahia Methodist Diocese, Dr. Chibuzo Opoko in a Christmas Message, noted that the arrival of Jesus brought hope and an end to every calamity of mankind.
Opoko urged Christians not to lose sight in the fact that God is with them everywhere they go as such live a godly life.
The carol featured songs from the Abia state Police Command Choir, the Police Chaplaincy choir as well as Christmas songs by the participants.
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