Port Harcourt - Mr Chris Ezike, the
Rivers Police Commissioner, on Friday assured of the preparedness of his
command to curtail the increasing crime wave in the state.
Ezike made the remark when members of Civil Society Platform
(CSP) paid him a courtesy call in Port Harcourt.
The police the CP noted had a fundamental role to play in
the security of lives and property with the collaborative efforts of civil
society organizations and other stakeholders.
He expressed dismay over the increasing crime wave in the
state and reiterated his resolve to cleanse the state of criminals.
"We are standing on a tripod; we have a fundamental duty to
prevent crime or detect it where we cannot prevent it.
"Significant progress is being made, progress was made
yesterday at Eleme area where miscreants extort money from people after holding
their relatives captive,’’ Ezike said.
Describing cultism as ‘’fundamental nonsense,’’ the CP
expressed concern what the youths of today were turning into.
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He said that the increase in the wave of criminal activities
among the youths of today had proved that they are now cannibals.
Ezike, who called on politicians and other stakeholders to
rise up to the challenge, said that crime and violence would not abate without
the withdrawal of rich sponsors.
He urged members of the Civil Society Platform to continue
to partner with the police in combating crime and assured them of the support
of his command.
Earlier, Mr Emmanuel Nkweke, the leader of the group,
extolled the leadership qualities of the police commissioner in combating
Nkweke, who described the CP as an `unbiased officer,’ urged
him to continue to wage uncompromising war against criminals in the state.
He pledged the willingness of the group to partner with the
police in provision of information and intimated with the police boss on his
plan to launch ‘’operation mop up all illicit arms in the state.’’