Owerri - Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo has urged the new Police Commissioner in the state, Abdulmajid Ali, to ensure protection of lives and property in the state.
Okorocha made the call when he received the new commissioner on Monday at the Government House, Owerri.
Ali replaced the former Police Commissioner, Mohammed Katsina.
He urged the commissioner to emulate his predecessor whom he said, worked together with him to achieve a lot in crime eradication and protection of lives and property.
He also told the new commissioner to see himself as part of the State Executive Council, and also an indigene of the state.
The governor assured the new boss that he would not be misguided by his government.
“Do your work as a patriotic officer. Continue with the good works of your predecessor or even surpass his record,” he said.
Okorocha promised to give the commissioner all the necessary support.
“This government does not play politics with security and does not interfere in the work of any security outfit in the state,” he said.
He said there had been one or two cases of kidnapping since the departure of the former commissioner.
Responding, Ali said he was in the state for serious assignment and warned criminals to steer clear as he would make it too hot for them.
The commissioner promised to continue with the “good works” of his predecessor by fighting crime such as kidnapping, armed robbery and other vices with all seriousness.
He also promised to cooperate with the state government to ensure effective policing of the state for adequate protection of lives and property.
Ali called on politicians not to heat up the polity, saying he would not tolerate lawlessness on the part of the politicians in the state.
He commended the governor for his development strides and the rapid transformation of the state.
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