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Police, journalists seal deal to fight crime in Ebonyi 

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As security is said to be every body business, the Correspondents’ Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ebonyi State and the state Police Command have sealed deal  to fight crime and criminality in the state.

This was sealed during a courtesy visit to the Police Commissioner, Augustina Ogbodo in her office at the Police Headquarters, Abakaliki, the state capital.

The acting Government House  correspondent chapel chairman, Mr.Uchenna Inya, disclosed that members of the chapel courtesy visit to the Police Commissioner was  to strengthen the relationship between the police and journalists, joining hands  in crime prevention and control.

The Inya described the Police Commissioner as an experienced police officer who has stabilized the security system in the state through her proactivness and resilience in the fight against criminality in the state within her  two months of resumption to Ebonyi State as the Commissioner from Anambra State where she was promoted to Commissioner of Police.

Inya, presently  the  State Correspondent to New Telegraph Newspaper, commended  the Police Commissioner on her good work in securing the society and also urged her not to relent.

“We want to thank you for receiving us despite your tight schedule. We are here to partner with the state Police Command in the fight against crime and criminality in our dear state through our reportage as watchdog of the society.

“We know you as an experienced police officer who has been in the state police command before you were promoted to Commissioner of Police and transferred to Anambra State.

“We are happy that you are with us again in our dear state and we know you will deliver having been in the state and know its nooks and crannies. We have seen what you been able to do within the two months you were transferred back to our state by stabilizing the state security system and we are happy that residents of Ebonyi State can now sleep with their two eyes closed”, he told the CP.

The chapel chairman Inya  adviced  the Police Commissioner to checkmate the activities of some of her officers  who are recalcitrants thereby bringing bad image to the command through their uncivil attitudes against members of the society including members of  journalists.

He reported a case in which some policemen almost vandalized the  vehicle of a  journalist in the state, Celestine Okeh of the Times Newspapers when he was driving into Abakaliki Township Stadium to join the state Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) peaceful protest few weeks ago  over Federal  Government petroleum subsidy policy which has brought untold hardship to Nigerians.

Responding, the Police Commissioner, Augustina Ogbodo commended members of the chapel for the visit and described their role as very important in the fight against crime and criminality in the state.

She assured the Journalists that she will continue relating  with the chapel to enable the Police and Journalists put more efforts in securing the state.

“The truth is that journalists are very indispensable in information dissemination; you hold the key to it. The command will continue to partner with the press for crime prevention and control”, she stated.

She expressed dismay on the attitude of some of the police officers that she described as recalcitrants that are bringing in bad names in the police system.

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