By Albert UBA (Who was in Asaba)
ASABA– COMMISSIONER of Police, Delta State Police Command, CP Muhammed Ari Ali is no less an administrator and operations officer.
An unrivalled manager of human and material resources; with sterling public relations, CP Ali has proven his traducers who feel he would be like one of those officers posted to the Command wrong.
Within one year of his reign as the number one Police officer in the state, the refined and detribalized officer has not only institutionalized peace and serenity in a hitherto restive Delta State, he has equally reduced crimes and criminality to the barest minimum; for a thriving socio-economic development in the state.
The CP in this exclusive encounter, told CrimeWorld magazine online that policing Delta State this one year plus had been challenging as it is interesting. He said, “So far so good, it has been interesting as well as challenging too. It has been fantastically very well and to the glory of God, we have been doing very well. The journey had been smooth and Deltans have been very cooperative and supportive.
The major challenge or challenges we have is logistic problem and funding which you know is a general Police problem, these are main problem in terms of trying to provide the needed security for the state. Nonetheless, the state government is doing its best, my Inspector-General of Police is also doing his best because recently, we received 5 patrol vehicles from the Federal Government through the Inspector-General of Police. His excellency, the Governor of the State, Senator Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa has also been doing his best because he recently gave us some patrol vehicles including 2 APCs to fight crimes; it is just that they are not enough, they are not just enough. We are only working hard with what we have and that is what has been helping us.”
Continuing, the Commissioner of Police who said he can comfortably beat his chest and say he has done creditably so well for the state within the period under review however, laments that the major crimes in the state right now is kidnapping and cultism. He said, “Specifically, the major crimes that have been giving us cause for worry is kidnapping and cultism. But I can tell you that as problematic as they are, we are not resting on our oars, the command has not been sleeping, officers and men have been on their toes and no doubt the two major crimes will be surmounted. There have been season upon season of arrest on daily basis so we are doing our best to overcome them. Today, Deltans are very happy with what the Police are doing in the state generally.
When you look at the statistics of crime vis-avis when I took over the mantle of leadership of the command and what other states within this area are facing, you will know that this state is the safest. No wonder therefore, all the social events are being hosted here in the state because of the safe nature of the state. And I can tell you statically, from January to date, we have a total number of 300 assorted arms recovered,10,000,00 rounds of assorted ammunition including live cartridges were recovered, 260 armed robbery suspects were arrested, 101 kidnappers were arrested, well over 1000 suspected cultists were arrested;. don’t forget only last week, 52 suspected cultists were arrested somewhere in Ogwashi-Uku while we have 94 murder suspects arrested.
For kidnapping, I mean victims reunited with their relations, we have a total number of 90 of them that have been reunited with their loved ones. So when you look at the statistics given so far, you will know that this command is doing its best in the area of crime fighting and of course, today Deltans can comfortably sleep with their two eyes closed. The people are very happy, businesses are thriving, people are going, doing their normal businesses and there is no cause for alarm.
The threat of IPOB from the South-Eastern States taking into cognizance that Delta State; particularly the state capital is very close to the economic hub of the South-East, it is never a threat because, they tried it and they failed. This is because this state is prepared, we are not ready to tolerate them; a few who came in had themselves neutralized and since then none has tried coming into the state again. Generally, the opinion of the people is that the state is safe, it is one of the safest states in the country today. People come on resort, investors are coming in to invest their money because they know that the security situation is good and encouraging.
And you know that businesses can only thrive in an atmosphere of peace and general tranquility. If there is no peace, you don’t expect any visitor into your state. But in Asaba here, at weekends, even on working days, you hardly find a hotel to stay; that tells you that business is here and booming. If businesses are not booming the hotels won’t be so occupied. because there is adequate security people can move around the state at any point in time. Policemen are out there, I am personally out there, sometime at 200am, supervising and giving out instructions on what to do, to ensure that those posted to their beat are actually there. If you don’t supervise them, then you get what you want. For me, supervision is the key if you want to succeed.”
Sounding a note of warning to criminals and would be criminals, a resolute CP Ali said the best for them was to relocate or have themselves to blame; adding, “Delta is not a place for them, they should relocate in fact, they should not even dare, because they may not be lucky go back. So I advice them, to change direction and if they already here, they should relocate otherwise we will relocate them to where they are supposed to be. And to the good people of the state and members of the public, well, they should continue to partner with the Police, give us information and togetherness we will make this state a safer and better place for businesses to thrive.”
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