Rivers Police Arrests 13 Officers Over Indecent Dressing

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*Says killing of Ahoada DPO  will not be swept under  carpet

By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos

No fewer than 13 police officers are now cooling their feets in the custody of the Rivers State Police Command for indecent dressing.

The officers were said to have been arrested over the weekend by the Monitoring Team of the Command during patrol operations in various parts of the State.

The Rivers State Commissioner of Police Olatunji Disu made the disclosure in a release on Sunday.

According to a statement by the Rivers State Police Command Spokesperson, Grace Iringe-Koko, the Police Commissioner said that  the arrest is part of an ongoing efforts to eradicate indecent dressing by officers of the command.

CP Disu also revealed that the head of the Units or Divisions where the arrested Police officers are serving will be vicariously liable too, for the personel”s action.He disclosed that the arrested officers are in detention.

Meanwhile, CP Disu has assured that the killing of SP Bako Angbashim, late Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ahoada Police Division will not be swept under the carpet.

Recall SP Angbashim was killed by suspected Iceland cult members led by Gift David aka 2Baba.

CP Disu gave the assurance in a radio programme organized by the Force Public Relations department in Abuja which was monitored  in PortHarcourt on Saturday December 2,2023 by our reporter.

CP Disu said he was overwhelmed by the concern shown by members of the public on the  of killing of the DPO. The Rivers Police Boss disclosed that he is  in talks with stakeholders in Ahoada 

On his objective for the command, CP Disu said his objective is to have Police officers that are effective and friendly.

“As Police we cannot succeed without cooperation,partnership from members of the public.”

“I have started fostering partnership between the Police and members of the public.I had meeting twice with traffic section of the Police to remind them that they must be civil in their dealings with members of the public.

“I want to work with members of the public so they can trust us and give us information “

On security threats associated with end of year,December,  CP Disu said the command is aware that there tend to be increase in crime by persons who did not work from begining of the year but want to make money by all means

He said security measures is in place to counter any security challenge that may arise during the period.

He explained that all the road coming in and out of the command have adequate Police personnel on it.Entrances in and out of the command is adequately secured,CP Disu stated .

The Rivers Police Chief also revealed that the Police is embarking on meangiful raid of known black spots and has also deployed plain clothe detectives to gather intelligence. 

The Commissioner of Police explained that Police officers on rountine patrol intercepted a tinted vehicle with four men  inside. He said on approaching the vehicle tactically, they came out and ran away while the Policemen searched the vehicle, recovered fully loaded AK 47 riffle and also impounded the car.

On effective monitoring of his personnel to curtail human rights abuse,CP Disu explained that he  just changed the person in charge of CP X-squad.He also urged members of the public to bring their complaints about his officers to him through dedicated lines as it will be promptly addressed.

CP Disu added that if members of the public do not report erring members of the Police command, he will think everything is okay and he will not be aware.

On the complaints on issues of cultism raised by a caller from Bori axis in Khana LGA, the Police Chief stated that he will call the officer incharge of Anticultism to discuss with them to ensure they do what is right.

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