Commissioner of police Rivers state command Chris Ezike has said that his command has made tremendous achievements in its fight against crime in the past 24 days. Ezike reels out his exploits yesterday in Port Harcourt stating that the war against crime in the state is non negotiable According to him, on assumption of duty as the 34th Commissioner of Police, Rivers State he has been faced with enormity of the challenges besetting the Command vis-a-vis efficient delivery of satisfactory service to the people of the State.
He said the crime-wave was getting higher, driven by increase in kidnapping, robbery incidents which was fueled by cultism, Homicide cases and communal crises across the State and traffic gridlock added to this heap. “ I took an urgent strategic steps to address the situation and during my visit to His Excellency, the Governor charged me to address these challenges.
He indicated his willingness to support us and has taken immediate positive steps in this direction. “In my inaugural address of 2nd July 2015, I said my focus would be to provide qualitative services to the people of the State; fight violent crimes with vigor; partner with other security services and non-state actors; respect the rights of the citizens; abhor corrupt practices; promote professionalism and ensure peace, security and safety for the State and its people.
“We have taken these steps and I am therefore using this forum to highlight the major achievements recorded within the past three weeks. “I re-awakened the service zeal and orientation of the average Policeman in the State. They must justify their pay by performing reciprocally, their expected duties, responsibilities and functions.
“Based on this we have recorded some notable achievements.The proactive response of the Police to the stalemate generated by the dissolution of the 22 Local Government Areas Executives by the Federal High Court on Thursday July,9, 2015.
Police action stopped the State from sliding into unwanted anarchy. “Government property were prevented from looting, lives were saved, the Rule of Law allowed to have its way, with Law and Order restored. I must commend the leadership of both sides for the maturity showed during the period.
“Alternate Dispute Resolution Mechanism was initiated to douse the avoidable bloody communal crises between Wakama, Kporghor and lately Kira Communities. We have been able to bring the warring parties to a discussion table, inaugurated a Peace Committee towards a comprehensive peace pact.
While this is on, we are maintaining full presence on the ground. “Tension was brought down and violence suppressed in Bodo City, Gbe, Kpor, Bomu and Lewe Communities in Gokhana Local Government Area over speculated embezzlement of over N4.5 billion being Royalty Fee allegedly paid to the Communities by SPDC.
“On July 7,a three-man armed robbery gang operating with a black Highlander Jeep was intercepted by the Police along Rumuobiakani Road, after robbing a man of over N 2million withdrawn from a Bank. In the ensuing encounter, one of the robbers was arrested with bullet wounds, his accomplices escaped.
“Their operational vehicle was recovered and when searched, two AK47 rifles, with four magazines loaded with 92 rounds of 9.62mm ammunition, including 2 extra plate numbers BRR 490 BZ and KRD 09 DK as well as the robbed money were recovered.
“On July 1, SARS operatives tracked down a five-man armed robbery syndicate and arrested three members of the gang. This group is adept at snatching vehicles from their owners, especially within Mgbuoba/ NTA axis of Port Harcourt. ironically, the group is led by a Soldier, who deserted his Unit on duty at Maiduguri, Bornu State.
He has been taken into custody along with two accomplices, Ifeanyi Eze and Golden Mannuel. Items recovered from them include one AK 47 Rifle,six Magazines, 150 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, one Honda Pilot Jeep with reg. No. ABU 203 BC.
“Within the past 24 days, the SARS Team has arrested 45 suspected armed robbers, recovered 7 AK 47 rifles, 1 SMG, 3 pump action guns; 18 locally-made guns, 20 magazines, over 400 rounds of ammunition and 69 cartridges. Twenty-six. “Cultism remains a hydra-headed monster and on July 11, at Agbonchia, Eleme, Cultists went on rampage and killed five persons at a motorcycle/car-wash location. Suspected cultists were arrested including the local kingpin.
In Aggah Community, 16 suspected rival cultists were equally apprehended for involvement in violent crimes including murder and arson.
On 20th July 2015, that is, yesterday, 16 cultists and prospective members were arrested at Anwunugbokor, in Ahoada while on initiation and ranking purposes. At Ubima Community in Ikwerre LGA, 6 suspected cultists were arrested, while 3 others were apprehended within Mgbeda/Egbema for murderous cult-related activities.