Yuletide: Police Beef Up Security In Akwa Ibom State

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IGP Mohammed Adamu


By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo 

Following the increasing rate of armed robberies and other hideous crimes in Akwa Ibom State as Christmas activities gather dust, leaving the people dispossessed and in trepidation particularly in Uyo the state capital, Police Command has announced a water-tight security to check the menace.
In the development, Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Amiengheme Andrew who directed the deployment of additional police officers to dominate public space, has also banned the use of shields in Keke Napep and fireworks during the Yuletide. 
The Command inundated with reports of some criminal elements involving car snatching, armed robberies and other heinous crimes within Uyo metropolis and some other parts of the state, said the trend is totally unacceptable.
A release issued by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Odiko MacDon and made available to our correspondent in Uyo, stated that the Police and other security agents in the state cannot fold their hands to see this breach of law and order, with perpetrators having a field day.
“Hence, the Commissioner of Police, CP Amiengheme Andrew, fdc, has deployed additional Personnel for the Joint Task Force, initiated by the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Deacon Udom Emmanuel to provide watertight security within Uyo Metropolis and other parts of the State to stem the tide of criminal activities and restore normalcy.
“To further strengthen emplaced strategies, the Command CP has ordered a ban on the use of the *Black Leather Shield* used by the sides of Keke Napep, intended to prevent water during rainfall, which is now being used by unscrupulous elements to conceal victims of robbery, abduction, one chance and other heinous crimes.
“The CP further notes that henceforth, all riders of Keke Napep are *to put on their inner lights from 7pm* to enable security operatives and members of the public see those inside the Keke.
“As celebrations during the yuletide gathers momentum,  and for a hitch-free celebration, the CP has further ban the use of *Fireworks and Knockouts* around the State”, the release stated. 
However, for rapid response to any security need around the State the CP has advised the distress public to dial police hotlines.
However, for the avoidance of doubt, the Commissioner of Police has issued clear directives and taken drastic steps on the current turn of events
The CP has equally warned perpetrators of these crimes to desist forthwith or quickly leave the State or be willing to bear the imminent waterloo that awaits them. 
He has also called on the people of the state to avail the police and other security agencies with credible information at all times to make the state crime free.

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