Kogi CP warns officers against extortion, human rights abuses
Story from Rabi’atu, Lokoja
The new Commissioner of Police in Kogi State, CP Edward Egbuka has warned his officers against extortion and criminality in the state, saying he has zero tolerance for extortion and human rights abuse.
He made this known while addressing Divisional Police Officers and Area Commanders to herald his assumption of office in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital.
The Commissioner promised to use his over thirty years of experience in the Police to fight crimes and criminality in the State.
He cautioned them against infringing on the rights of citizens, even though he will not tolerate the infringement of the rights of Policemen in carrying out their duties.
He commended the efforts of the Federal Government and other support agencies for funding the Police, adding that it will be unfair to extort members of the public who the Police is expected to protect.
He called on the citizens of the State to avail the police with credible and actionable information to enable it to carry out its mandate, saying that the police has several channels of receiving information as well as protecting the informants.
Egbuka noted that Kogi State is a familiar terrain to him having served before in the state as Deputy Commissioner, stressing that he will key into the mission and vision of the Inspector General of Police to attract and build the trust of the people of the State.
The Commissioner promised to work in synergy with all other security and paramilitary agencies and all critical stakeholders towards making the state safe and secure.
” It would not be business as usual in fighting crimes and criminality in Kogi State. The media should promote stories that will help the police do better in the discharge of their duties and not sensational reporting that will promote, encourage and embolden the criminals”.
He appealed and warned the public against the use of self-help, describing it as illegal, saying nothing should justify the use of Jungle Justice and he promised to deal with culprits engaged in applying self-help.
He said having reviewed the security architecture of the state, he is resolved in improving the security of the state and assured that the Police Command will not rest on its oars in making the State crime-free.
CP Edward Chuka Egbuka is the 36th Commissioner of Police in Kogi State Police Command. This followed the redeployment of CP Idrisu Dauda Dabban to the Force Headquarters as the Commissioner of Police Communications.