New UniPortBase Police Commander Promises To Flush Out Criminals Elements

The Officer in Charge of the newly established operational Base of the Nigeria Policenear the University of Port Harcourt, Chief Superintendent of Police, Mr. Ben Igwe, has reiterated the resolve of his men to eliminate all forms of criminal activities in and around the University within a stipulated timeframe.

Mr. Igwe gave the assurance when the Vice-Chancellor, Professor NdowaLale, led other Principal and Senior Officers of the University on a familiarization visit to the new staging Base on Friday, August 12, 2016. The visit was aimed at formally welcoming the officers and men to the University and encouraging them to put in their best in the battle against criminality in the University and its environs.
Igwe, who is a Chief Superintendent of Police, said that he had already received extensive brief about the crime burden in the University and its neighbourhood, declaring that he was happy to be in the den of criminals. The CSP promised that he and his men would do everything possible to ride the area of criminal elements and make it conducive for staff and students of the University to freely move around once again.

 “I understand that this area is a den of criminals and I am happy to be in their midst. I am extending an open invitation to all the criminals that operate in this area to come forward and be counted. I am here to beef up security in this area and to assist the Commissioner of Police in flushing out criminals, not only around here, but also in the entire Rivers State. In doing so the criminals should expect an iron fist that would not be a respecter of persons or sponsors of criminals,” the Commander assured the University community. He promised that his personnel will not fail to protectinhabitants of the area, who have been living in fear of robbery and kidnapping on daily basis. He advised members of the University community to avail his men of actionable intelligence that would enable them effectively fight crime in the area, adding: “By the grace of God and with full support from the University Management, we shall carry out our operations in such a manner that law abiding citizens will have the freedom to go about their legitimate businesses without fear of being robbed or kidnapped by undesirable elements that have been terrorising the area.”
The CSPexpressed gratitude to authorities of the University for handing over the facility to the Nigeria Police, assuring them that the officers and men posted there were ready, willing and able to take up the task, which he described as a daunting one.

Responding,the Vice-Chancellor, who expressed gratitude to the Inspector General of Police for promptly deploying a crack team to man the Base, stated that the University and its environs had a concentration of criminals that needed to be treated with an iron fist. “We have suffered grievous losses for so long at the hands of criminal elements that have made life hellish for staff and students of the University, and we are happy that our plea for assistance has finally been answered by the Nigerian Police by your deployment here. Hardly a day passes these days without a staff being kidnapped or a student being robbed by heavily armed men who operate with unbridled impunity.We are now living in grave fear for our safety and your presence here is very reassuring and you can take our total support for granted to enable you succeed in your difficult mission. Be rest assured that we will support you to ensure that you discharge your onerous duties in the most effective manner,” Professor Lale assured the Base Commander, observing that the presence of the team had already started yielding dividends, as criminal elements have started taking off from the area. Also speaking, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Professor Anthony Ibe, who expressed gratitude to the Police, prayed God to give the team the power and wisdom to discharge its onerous mandate in the most effective manner.

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