The Chairman Obot Akara Local Government Council Hon. (Lady) Agnes Udoenwenwen has commended the services of the Nigerian Police Force and other security operatives for securing lives and property within the Local Government Area.
Lady Udoenwenwen gave the commendation on Tuesday when she received the Commissioner of Police Akwa Ibom State, CP Amiengheme Andrew in a courtesy visit at the Council Secretary, Nto Edino.
Lady Udoenwenwen said she is specifically commending the police on their efforts of protecting the Station at Nto Ndan from attack during the trending attacks on Police Stations and Police Officers by unknown gunmen linked to the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB who were attacking different Police Stations in Akwa Ibom State some months ago.
She appealed to CP Amiengheme Andrew that Obot Akara Local Government Area needs additional Police Station that can be situated at the Centre of the Local Government to tighten the security network of the area.
She noted that additional Police Station is necessary in the Area since the Area is a boundary Local Government Area where some villages usually have inter boundary crisis with the neighboring Villages in Ikwano and Obingwa Local Government Areas of Abia State.
She assured that the challenges of cultism at the grassroots could be harnessed by partnering with the police and other security operatives, promising to collaborate with police and build synergy with Community Leaders to have relevant information that will strengthen police services.
However, the State Commissioner of Police CP Amiengheme Andrew called on the Council to use its powers effectively in maintaining peace in the community and to talk to Community Leaders to settle whatever issue that can lead to communal clash amicably.
He advised Leaders and Stakeholders of the Council to always encourage their people to use Security Operatives and Legal System to resolve conflict in the community including land border conflict, marriage, family conflict etc.
He solicited to grassroots Leaders to correct the impression of people in the community from seeing guns, machetes and ammunitions as tools for fighting for their rights, saying that those actions are not civil.
CP Amiengheme Andrew advised Politicians, Civil Servants and Family Units to ensure proper discipline of their children and to caution them against cultism, saying that nothing good comes from cultism.
He requested the Council Chairman to remind all the Community Leaders to do their job effectively, saying that Community Leaders will help to provide information that will expose all criminal elements in the community.
He also requested all hands to be on deck in supporting the Police to combat crimes for peaceful coexistence.
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