Mr Philip Maku, Ebonyi Commissioner for Police
Mr Philip Maku, Ebonyi Commissioner for Police, has warned criminals operating in parts of the state to repent from their evil ways of life or flee the state.
Maku who gave the warning on Sunday in Abakaliki while interacting with newsmen stressed that the Command under his supervision would make the state uncomfortable for criminals to operate.
Maku also urged the people to support and cooperate with the community policing initiative to curb the state of crime and criminal activities.
“I want to urge people with criminal tendencies and those that indulge in different kinds of crimes to think twice and repent or leave the state because we are going to make the state uncomfortable for them.
“We appeal for the people’s cooperation through community to rid the state off crime because communities have vital role to play in combating crime.
“The command has put in place all the necessary strategies needed to flush out criminals from their hideouts and our men are battle ready for the task.
“I am calling on criminals and those that indulge in different crimes to repent so that they will be intigrated back into the society.
“Let me reiterate here that there is no room for criminals in the state and anyone cut perpetuating crime must face the law,”Maku said.
He solicited the support of the people and assured that the safety of there lives and properties must be guaranteed noting that his gallant men were now more equipped with the reality of the time and would make the state hot for criminals and evil ones.
Maku further urged members of the public to report to the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) any police officer that intimidated or assault them unlawfully for proper disciplinary action.
He stressed that members of the police force were not trained to bully people that they were trained to protect, but to protect lives and properties.
Maku further explained said that the command would give full backing on the programme of community policing noting that the scheme would enable communities to be fully in charge of policing their communities and assist the command in combating crime.
According to him every member of the community have a role to play in the formation by giving out vital information that would expose criminals in their areas so that immediate action would be taken.
On the recent inter communial crisis between Ekoli Edda Afikpo South and Biasie LGA over Erel palm, Maku noted that the five missing persons have not been found.
He added that the command was not repenting in its investigation to unravel their disappearances.
“We are on top of the matter and hopeful that we will soon missing unravel the mystery behind the disappearances of the missing persons.
“We are also relying on those in the Cross River axis for any useful information but we have not seen any of their dead bodies so we believe they are still alive” he said .
“National boundary Commission should come and do proper demarcation on the disputed area and other disputed areas throughout the boundary areas across the state.
” We assure that the police will do everything to ensure that the missing persons are reunited with their relatives, ” he added.