From Angela Nkwo-Akpolu, Owerri
The Imo State Police Commissioner, Mr Chris Ezike yesterday said members of late Don Waney’s gang have not infiltrated the State, saying people residing around the riverine areas should go about their lawful business without fear and intimidation.
Ezike gave the assurance while flagging off Operation Show of Force to fish out kidnappers, armed robbers, and other wanted criminals in the state.
According to him, intelligence reports show that Waney’s death has brought calm around the riverine areas, even as he debunked fears that the gang members have relocated to Imo State, saying his men are on 24 hours patrol throughout the State, to maintain law and order.
Ezike who rolled out over 40 vehicles into the state with an ambulance with medical personnel to offer immediate medical response, said the presence of the force team will assure the people of Police presence adding that it will also be a signal to criminals to stay away.
He charged the personnel attached to the vehicles to discharge their duties with the utmost sense of respect for peoples’ rights, devoid of manhandling, rough driving, and assault, adding that they must make themselves very visible in every community.
In a related development, the Imo State Controller of Immigration, Andrew Isa Manga has appealed to the Police command to inform its personnel attached to foreigners not to obstruct their duties when trying to ascertain if their stay is authorized.
Manga lamented that many Police personnel obstruct their duties, saying the Police command should sensitize its men on the issue.
“We don’t want clashes with any of your men attached to any VIP foreigner. They should allow us to do our jobs, and where necessary, let us cooperate because we are all charged to ensure safety of every Nigerian”, Manga said.
According to him, “as critical stakeholders on security, there is need for synergy, information sharing and cooperation among us, that way, we can nip any lapses”.
On his part, Imo Police boss, Chris Ezike said their duties overlap regarding peoples’ entry into the country, and assured that his men will not obstruct investigations.
Ezike disclosed that the force is mopping up illegal arms saying “it is paying off as our people are submitting theirs willingly. This is because the influx of arms have been a major cause of problem in the polity”.
He stated the readiness of the Police command to assist the Immigration with backups whenever required even as he commended Manga on the innovations he has brought to the Imo Immigration office.