Awka – The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the immediate posting of a new Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Eworo Echeng to Anambra State.
Echeng, takes over from CP Tony Olofu who has been redeployed to the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
Killings and destruction of public property had gone to an all-time high within the one month Olofu had lasted as Anambra Police Commissioner, raising questions on his capabilities to arrest the situation.
A statement on by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said the IGP has also ordered the deployment of a detachment of Police Special Forces to Anambra State to complement the ongoing peace-building efforts of the command’s Operation Restore Peace in the State.
The statement quotes the IGP, who it said, is particularly concerned with the renewed incidents of attacks on innocent individuals and symbol of state authority, as ordering the new CP to mobilize all law enforcement and crime fighting approaches to reverse the negative trend, reclaim public spaces from hoodlums and restore public peace in the state.
“The IGP, who is particularly concerned with the renewed incidents of attacks on innocent individuals and symbol of State Authority in the State, has ordered the new Commissioner of Police to mobilize both kinetic and non-kinetic law enforcement and crime fighting approaches to reverse the negative trend, reclaim public spaces from hoodlums and restore public peace in the State.
“The IGP has also charged the new Police Chief to work with other Stakeholders and patriotic forces in Anambra State to restore law and order leveraging on his professional experience.
“The IGP also called on Anambra people to support and cooperate with the new Commissioner of Police in his task of protecting the lives and property of all,” it said.
CP Echeng, until his recent posting, was the Commissioner of Police in-charge of Bayelsa State and holds a First Degree in History from the University of Maiduguri.
The statement reads: “An experienced peace-builder, he received extensive training on global peace support operations at Mission Training Cell, Kielce, Poland, amongst other tactical and leadership courses.
“He has also served as a former Police Component Commander, Joint Task Force, Operation Delta Safe, Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of Zonal CID, Zone-13, Ukpo, Anambra State, amongst other key positions.
“His posting is with immediate effect.”