*The IG inspecting guard of honour on arrival…
By Albert UBA (who was on ground)
ASABA- THE Inspector -General of Police IGP Alkali Usman Baba weekend in Asaba, the Delta state capital admonished officers and men of the state command to eschew all forms of corruption and unprofessionalism in the discharge of their responsibility.
The police boss who also served as Commissioner of Police in the state described Delta State as mini-Nigeria akin to having two state capitals adding that any officer who could work successfully in the state was capable of doing same in any part of the country. He said, “Let me start by recognizing the rank and file before every other person here because that is where I belong. I have decided not to write any speech of mine but will analyze the one written by your Commissioner one after the other.
Like he said and I am sure most of you know that I once served here in this Command as Commissioner of Police. So I am not new to most of all the things he said. He talked about logistics and manpower, from all what I have seen and he said, you have enough to do your job well. Delta state is like a mini-Nigeria. You go to Warri, you think it is the state capital, the same thing with Ughelli and Sapele; so you really need enough manpower and logistics no doubt but I think you have enough to do the job if actually you are ready to do it.
*IGP Baba flanked by the host CP Muhammed Ali…
There are certain things we shall talk about when our friends from the media may have left us which is very important. You have to be professional as much as possible. You need not stop every vehicle in the name of ‘stop and search’ or all of you in the team clustered at one point to check vehicle particulars; you don’t need that. If all of you gathered at a point just because you want to check particulars and the men in the vehicles are enemies, they will simply clear all of you and go away. You therefore, have to be professional.”
Continuing, IGP Baba said, “Your Commissioner also talked about welfare which is very key to our job and I can assure you that I am taking welfare of my officers and men very personal. I am also working on Insurance scheme for our gallant personnel who paid the supreme price in the service of our fatherland and very soon their entitlements will be paid; that; I can assure you.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Police CP Muhammed Ari Ali in his welcome speech had extolled the virtues of the IGP who he described as a father and one with exceptional passion for the job. He said the leadership quality of the IGP was unrivalled adding that it had rubbed-off on some of them who were his ‘pupils’ and have taken a cue from his wealth of experience. The CP who took time to x-ray the topography of Delta state said it had its peculiar security challenges being an oil producing and agrigrarian state located in between Anambra state in the East and Edo in the North.
*IGP Baba delivering his address…
He however said that the problems were not insurmountable given adequate manpower and logistics to work with. He therefore, appealed to the visiting Police IG to look into that direction even as he thank the Governor of the state, Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa for donating some patrol vehicles and APC to police the state; maintaining that the spate of insecurity prior to his assumption of office and the present indices, showed a tremendous departure. CP assured that he would not disappoint the IGP, Nigerians and the good people of Delta State down as long as he holds sway as Police helmsman in the state.
Speaking before the IGP was ushered to the podium, Force public relations officer, CP Frank Mba who was among senior officers on the entourage described the number one Policeman in the country as one with vast knowledge of policing having served in various capacities in all the six geo-political zones in the country.
Mba, a high cerebral police image maker with exceptional circumspection in his choice of words, said IGP Baba who was appointed the nation’s 21st indigenous Inspector-General of Police came in at a time the country was experiencing untoward crimes and criminalities adding that he philosophized the dogma “Operation Restore Peace and Never Again Will The Police Allow Themselves To be Killed”; which was later to be popularized by other senior Police officers.
*The Force PRO CP Mba at the occasion…
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