By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
The State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Cross River State council, Comrade Victor Udu, has assured the Federal Special Armed Robbery Squad (F-SARS) of its collaboration and support in the fight to reduce crime in the state.
This, he said, is by way of giving out useful information that could lead to the arrest of criminals in the state.
Udu gave this assurance when the State Commander of F-SARS, Supt. Victor Usang paid him a courtesy call at the Ernest Etim Bassey Press Centre.
He said “I want to commend you for taking your time off your official duty visit us at our press centre. This really shows that we are partners in this business of security”.
“As journalists, we often stumble with information that could lead to the arrest of criminals”, he added.
Udu said ” your job is a difficult assignment as it has to do with the protection of lives and property. He regretted the upsurge of kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism as well as other form of crimes in the state recently”.
According to him, “the call for the scrapping of SARS was as a result or loss of confidence by members of the public on the role of this formation”.
However, he said, with the recent restructuring of the team “I am confident that its credibility will be regained and restored soonest”.
He recalled when night life was the talk of the town in this state adding “today you dare not stay outside after 8pm”.
While promising to work with the team, the NUJ chairman urged him to take every criticism serious as it is necessary in every human endeavour.
Therefore, he said, “you need to put your energies and faculties together in order to succeed”.
Earlier, the state commander Supt. Usang said “that community policing is one major component adopted by the authorities to fight crime.
This method, he added, brings security closer to the people especially those in the rural areas.
“Security is everybody’s business in this global world. Therefore I need to partner with the media and the general public to be able to succeed, he said”.
“The police, he said, has gone beyond working alone as it were few decades ago. We need to collaborate with other sister agencies. It is our duty to confront violent crime such as kidnapping cultism and armed robbery squarely”.
He regretted that the state is gradually becoming a haven for criminals. We will not fold our arms and watch it happen.
Usang appealed to the state government to assist the team with operational vehicles to ease their work especially in the night.
He regretted that as of now, there is no operational vehicles attached to his officers and men.
The Commander commended the media for the support and cooperation given to the Cross River State Police command and sued for more.