The former Calabar Rovers footballer in Calabar, Cross River State capital, Nkereuwem Akpan, has been appointed Commissioner of Police and deployed to Cross River State.
CP Akpan told the Cross River State Governor, Prof Ben Ayade, on Thursday at the Governor’s office during a courtesy visit, that he once played for Calabar Rovers football club in Calabar, Cross River State capital.
He said his posting to the State was a home coming, “My posting to the state was a home coming, having once played for Calabar Rovers Football club.”
The new CP described the State as one of the States with very low crime rate, “The Cross River State is one of the states with very low crime rate in the country.”
He commended Governor Ayade for the prevailing low crime rate Cross River enjoys, “My posted here is strictly on security duties, for the protection of lives and property.
“Thank God, Cross River is one of the less vulnerable states in terms of insecurity. Thank you, Your Excellency; the job has already been done because if you check the profile of states with criminality, Cross River is one of the least in the country.
“So, I appreciate you, Your Excellency. On behalf of my team, we pledged our readiness to work for you,” he stated.
Responding, Governor Ayade expressed implicit confidence in the ability of the state’s new Commissioner of Police to effectively police the state.
He commended the new police boss for immediately swinging into action to tackle crime upon arrival in the state and said he believes that “Cross River state will have a very peaceful and wonderful time during his tenure.
“The new CP has also demonstrated this by doing a special deployment to hot spots in the state. As a son of the soil, he knows where the hot spots are.”
He expressed the conviction that “with his youthful nature, he will give Cross River his best by making the security of the state his primary focus.”