BY PHILIP JEREMIAH EKE, YENAGOA
The Assistant Inspector General of Police, in charge of Zone 16, which comprise of Bayelsa and Rivers, AIG Austine Agbonlahor, has promised to assist the command, in it’s area of needs.
The AIG, made this known on Wednesday, in Yenagoa, during his tour of inspection to the Police Command in Bayelsa.
Agbonlahor, is the pioneer AIG, in charge of the newly created Zone 16, which is situated in Bayelsa.
In his remarks, the Commissioner of Police in Bayelsa, CP Mike Okoli, commended the AIG for his tour to the command headquarters.
He said that the command under him has charged the officers and men of the command that their target is to ensure the reduction of crime and criminality to acceptable levels.
According to him: “We shall strive to ensure that crime do not take place in Bayelsa.
“We must respond promptly pursue the hoodlums, apprehend them and ensure speedy prosecution.
“We have promptly arrested one of the gang leaders of the Azikoro Church killing and recovered an AK47 rifle.
“Kidnaped victims have been rescued and united with their families. Kidnap attempts have been foiled and suspects arrested.
“Senatorial By-Election, primary elections were successfully supervised without security breaches,” he said.
The CP, stressed that the major problem facing the command remains shortage of manpower, stating that since the creation of the command in 1996, the establishment strength is yet to be attained.
He identified other problems as acute shortage of operational vehicles, motorcycle and gun boats, amongst others.
On his part, the AIG assured the command, that he will look into the matter of their needs critically.
He promised to make the police command in Bayelsa, meet up it’s expectations in terms of need.
Agbonlahor, said operational logistics would be surely looked into for the interest the command and the general public.