Rivers CP: cultists have gone mad and must be wiped out

Foluso Adebanjo, Rivers CP

Foluso Adebanjo, Rivers CP

Rivers State Commissioner of Police (CP) Foluso Adebanjo has urged criminals to relocate from the state. He said cultists have gone mad and must be wiped out.

Adebanjo, who resumed in the command four days ago, urged his men to take intelligence gathering very seriously.

He spoke at his maiden briefing of officers and reporters in Port Harcourt, the state capital yesterday.

He said: “I was CP Edo State for two years. When I took over in the state, there was high rate of crime. Cultism, armed robbery, kidnapping and what have you were the order of the day there, just like what is happening now in Rivers State. But as at the time I left the state after two years of service, the story changed. The state became calm and the name of the state was removed from American list of states with high crime wave.”

He urged police officers to be proactive in their job and ensure that they know the homes of suspected hoodlums and monitor them closely to ensure they do not strike before the police would retaliate.

Adebanjo urged Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) to ensure they secure their territories well and recover illegal arms in the hands of civilians.

He said the command would fish out criminals and their sponsors, irrespective of who they are and the position they occupy in the society.

“There is no doubt there is daunting security challenges in the country, particularly in Rivers State. But, it is not insurmountable.  Rivers State is great; therefore, it must be peaceful. We must fortify the state, especially Port Harcourt.

“DPOs must secure their areas. I don’t want to hear stories; you must work for 24 hours. You must arrest people; you must hold your area. Cultists in Rivers State have gone mad. We are declaring war on them.

“You must sit up because we cannot allow criminals to run down the State. I believe in intelligence-led policing. These evil people are not people you play with. That is what I was directed to do by the Inspector-General of Police”.

Adebanjo took over from Musa Kimo who worked in the state for nine months.



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