By Nsan Ndoma, Calabar
The Cross River State Commissioner of Police, CP, Sikiru Akande, has pledged to do every thing within his reach to ensure that he and his team rid the state of every form of criminality.
Speaking shortly after receiving an award of excellence from Cross River State Carnival Commission, yesterday at the Transcorp Hotel, Calabar, for policing the state effectively.
The CP who dedicated the award to his team, stressed that the recognition couldn’t have come to him, but for the commitment of his team.
He added that the award is going to spur them to do more, promising to redouble his effort towards ridding the state of all forms of criminality, to ensure that the state is save for all.
He explained that informed his digitalizing policing in the state so that criminality can be reduced, if not completely taken off.
Akande stated that with modernization in criminality, there was need for the police to be ahead and that such move was the only way the command can keep an eye on criminals who operate in the state.
He averred that the introduction of information and communication technology into policing through the use of drones, CCTV cameras and other monitoring devices has helped to stem the high rate of criminality in the state.
He said that the use of electronic system of policing has afforded the police the grace to track down criminals, especially against the way and manner in which criminals operate nowadays.
While soliciting for the support of all and sundry in reducing crime to the barest minimum in the state, the police boss maintained that with digital policing, the police can employ methodology/strategy that can help them tackle all forms of criminality and criminals
Accompanied by his Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP, Operations, ACP Cletus Nwadibo, Akande stated that the award, which came to him as a surprise, is indeed confirmation and recognition of the hard work that he and his team exhibited about 20 years ago during the era of former Governor Donald Duke, which resulted in the creation of Carnival Calabar fiesta.
He siad, “If am able to do what I did with only 600 men under my control, I should be able to do more with over 5,000 men under my watch, with regards to security of the state.”
The CP pledged that effort of his men would be redoubled to ensure that the peace and security which has eluded the people of the state for some time now, is restored.
He added, “The hardwork my team and I exhibited in 2003, when I served the state as Mopol Commander during the era of former Governor Donald Duke resulted in the buoyancy that the state had, leading to the creation of Carnival Calabar by the Duke administration; unknown to me that I was coming to serve the state again as CP 20 years after.
Urging young people to at all times put in their very best in whatever endeavour they find themselves, Akande stressed that if there is any attribute that elevates a man, it is hardwork.
He said, “Cross Riverians should be assured that myself and my able ACP are fully prepared to put in more effort to ensure that the the state remains peaceful.