IG seeks public support to curtail crime

By The Citizen

Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, has said there is the need for members of the public to provide intelligence information to the police in order to achieve a zero level crime  in the country.

The IG, who made this call on Saturday at a workshop on Intelligence Sensitisation and Community Partnership, organised for the South-South zone in Calabar, Cross River State, said the police were not all knowing, insisting that they needed information from members of the public to fight crime.

The workshop, which was organised by the Force Intelligence Bureau, Abuja, had the theme, 'Enhancing national security through intelligence and community partnership'.

The event attracted representatives of local governments, civil society organisations, traditional rulers, students, youths, the Nigerian Bar Association, the media and other professional bodies from Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa-Ibom and Abia states.

According to him, it is not possible for the police to know everything that transpires in the numerous communities in the country, stressing that viable information given to the police would help to crack criminalities in areas where they occur.

Abubakar, who was represented by the Director, Force Intelligence Bureau, Mr. Solomon Arase, said, 'The public should cooperate with the police so as to achieve the purpose for which the command was established.'

In his address, Governor Liyel Imoke, who was represented by his deputy, Mr. Efiok Cobham, appealed to members of the public to always give intelligence information that could assist the police in fishing out criminals from their hideouts.