By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Members of the Akwa Ibom State Council of Chiefs and the Police Command have developed a strategic framework for improved security in the state.
The Council led by the Chairman, His Eminence, Ntenyin (Dr.) Solomon Daniel Etuk on Thursday, held a strategic meeting with the State Police Commissioner, CP Amiengheme Andrew and the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, DCP Naziru A. Daura at the Council Chambers, Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo.
In his opening address, His Eminence, Ntenyin (Dr,) Solomon Etuk, stressed the importance of a sustained synergy between the police and traditional institutions in a bid to continually wedge war against all forms of criminalities in the state.
The monarch said traditional rulers in the state having known their huge responsibilities towards the maintenance of law and peace, wants and stronger synergy with the police to ensure better security in their domains.
The premier royal father, who is the Oku Ibom Ibibio and President General of the Supreme Council of Ibibio Traditional Rulers (Ifim Ibom Ibibio), noted that collaboration with the police and all tiers of government and people of the state would lead to more successes in the fight against crime.
Ntenyin Etuk, who is also the Paramount Ruler of Nsit Ubium local government area and Chancellor of Akwa Ibom State University, lauded the Commissioner of the police, CP Amiengheme Andrew for his performance since he assumed duties in the state.
“Few months back, we had experienced issues of insecurity, infact very unpleasant security challenges in Akwa Ibom State, which were quite contrary to our well known status as the most peaceful state in Nigeria.
“Honestly, we were all worried; we were startled but were relieved when God sent a diligent, very respectful, very faithful and hardworking officer, in every sense of the word, in the person of CP Amiengheme Andrew to Akwa Ibom State. He has, by God’s special grace, with the active collaboration of Governor Udom Emmanuel – led administration nipped that insecurity in the bud.
“God sent you here and you have been able to prove your efficiency and we’re very proud to identify with you. Akwa Ibom State is peaceful because of your commitment to duty. Since you came in here, we have received very good reports about you and on the effective control of your command and by the grace of God, we pray that during and after your stay, peace will continue to avail in this State and you will be remembered for the good works you have done in Akwa Ibom State and for its people,” the chairman stated.
Ntenyin Etuk assured the police of effective collaboration by the members of the traditional institution in the state covering village heads, clan heads and paramount rulers.
The State Police Commissioner, CP Amiengheme Andrew in his remarks appreciated the chairman of council of chiefs, Ntenyin (Dr.) Solomon Daniel Etuk for his kind compliments and collaboration.
The Commissioner urged the monarchs to work closely with the police divisions in their respective domains, reiterating that timely intelligence reports and other security related information would help the police to properly secure their domains and all parts of the state, thereby reducing crime to the barest minimum.
He advised the royal fathers to wort with the DPO in their dormains to expose bad eggs in the system to enable the Police achieve its core mandate of securing lives and property with great respect for fundamental rights.
He also appealed to the monarchs to help preach societal and family values in their domains, where respect for constituted authorities is considered sacrosanct, stating that the police command is committed to fight crime holistically and assured the monarchs of their safety and that of their subjects.
“The police system is on ground to help fight criminality, but I appeal to you to admonish parents to nurture their children responsibly. Families no longer nurture children as they should. I appeal to you to let us have good family units. This will help in making our children turn away from committing crimes,” he said.
He solicited the support of the royal fathers to reach out to persons and institutions who could assist in the provision of patrol vehicles, gadgets, upgrade of police structures and other logistical support to boost their operations and efficiency.
The strategic meeting featured an interactive session where appraisal of the security situation of local government areas ensued. The police and traditional rulers agreed to work together in addressing problems including hooliganism, robbery, militancy, kidnapping, alleged extortion at checkpoints, sea piracy, and alleged meddling of police into civil matters, brutality, among others.
In the attendance at the meeting, were paramount rulers from the 31 local government areas of the state among other important persons.