New Bayelsa Police Commissioner assumes office, promises tougher days for criminals

The new Commissioner of Police in Bayelsa State, CP Mike Okoli, has announced that the command will set up a special squad that will promptly respond and deal with violent crimes and social miscreants in the state.
CP Okoyi made this announcement at his maiden press conference at the Police Officers mess in Yenagoa.
The new CP also said the command, under his watch, will develop new strategies and come up with ways to fight crime and prevent loss of lives and properties.
He said he has come fully prepared and well equipped to do professional Police work with the aim of maintaining law and order, fighting crime and criminality and ensuring that the people of Bayelsa State including those residing and doing lawful business in the state are protected.
 “We shall establish a special squad that will promptly respond and deal with violent crimes and social miscreants. The Command will strive to ensure that crime does not take place and if it does, we shall respond promptly, pursue the hoodlums, subdue them and apprehend them to face the law,” CP Okoli said.
He further promised to work towards ensuring that policemen under the Command are imbued with the necessary discipline and commitment.
“The Command under my watch will exhibit total abhorrence to corruption and extortion of members of the public. Extra-judicial killing and molestation- of innocent citizens shall not be tolerated. Our men shall be exposed to constant lectures and training to uphold Human Rights and be civil to members of the public. Any action capable of bringing ridicule to the Force will be unacceptable,” he said.
According to him, the Command will implement fully, the vision of the IGP Mohammed A. Adamu on community policing.
“In this regard, Bayelsans will participate and play fundamental roles in the provision of security in the state. Accordingly, the method of policing will be all-inclusive and transparent. The idea and the spirit of community policing is to bring policing back to the people.
“Policing in the state shall be intelligence-driven. The Command under my watch will run an open door policy. We shall be open to receive credible and undiluted information that will lead to the detection of crime and nipping it in the bud. Information received from the people will be treated with absolute confidentiality,” Okoli assured.
CP Okoli had earlier inspected a guard of honour mounted for him by men of the State Police Command.

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