Ahmad Abdulrahman, the new Commissioner of police for Enugu will be coming to administer security to a state experiencing her worst security situation in a long while.
He replaced the former Commissioner, Suleiman Balarabe, who has been redeployed to the Force Intelligence Bureau (FCID), Abuja, as the CP in charge of intelligence.
There is no gain saying that all is well in Enugu, the state is in a precarious situation and needs an urgent security re-strategy to arrest the growing level of insecurity.
The worsening insecurity in the state yes might not be peculiar to the state alone, but it is taking an ugly turn by the day and no one appears safe from it.
The recent kidnap of a Permanent Secretary in the state is a reminder that the temerity of this group of criminals is getting bolder by the day.
They have held the entire state to the jugular; they fear no one and fear no action taken by the government and even the security agencies in the state, especially the Police.
It could be remembered that one of their latest victim, HRH Igwe Sunday Orji the traditional ruler of Obom Autonomous community in Agbogugu, Awgu Local Government Area who was kidnapped on 4th August and released after spending over four days in their den with an unspecified ransom paid, narrated how the kingpins boasted that they fear no one and cared less of the security agencies.
Yes, the state government might have moved to take hold of the situation and ameliorate the feelings of the people as there seems to be a massively growing opinion that it is doing little or nothing to arrest the situation. However, the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi led administration’s effort will only be an exercise in futility if he does not get the much needed corporation from the Police,the major security agency saddled with the responsibility to protect lives and property domestically.
As the new Commissioner of Police takes over the leadership space in the Enugu State command of the Nigerian Police, the people of Enugu State expects him to as a matter of urgency restore calm in the state.
There is a wide spread impunity which has necessitated the feeling that criminals are having a field day in the state.
Enugu State has always been one of the coolest, if not the coolest state in the South East and the country in general. The peaceful terrain and the beautiful disposition the state has to both residents and visitors make it one of the hotspots for ideas to thrive.
This is evident with the fast pace development the state is recording in recent times and it is spreading through every nook and cranny of the state. However, all this might be a thing of the past if the seeming growing level of insecurity in the state is not nipped in the bud.
The state Governor, being the chief security of the state by the virtue of constitutional provisions cannot do much if the Police is not properly positioned to help him achieve his security strategic plan.
The swift action taken in the last few days to apprehend some of the perpetrators involved the gruesome killing of both Late. Fr. Clement Ugwu and Late. Fr. Paul Offu is quite a commendable one, but, greater exploits can be accomplished if the Police can move faster through intelligence to break this new security situation that has continued to rare its ugly head.
The new Commissioner of Police has it as a duty to match these criminals with stronger intelligence. This can be done through a sincere liaison with the Locals, the community leaders as well as the different arms of the society who live with and probably hobnob with some of these suspects.
Police personnel need not only be motivated to tackle this issue head-on, there is need for stronger conscientization and focus on putting to a halt the unchecked advancement of these charlatans that have vowed to make the state uninhabitable for residents.
More Policemen should be channeled towards the communities to work closely with the local vigilantes in fishing out the different hideouts of these criminals.
With their modus operand, it looks like these criminals work as a ring and to break that ring, intelligence gathering needs to be at the front burner.
We cannot continue to live in fear and allow these criminals have a field day in their quest to inflict pain and hardship on the people.
The problem of insecurity just as I said earlier is not a peculiar one to just the state alone, however, it has evolved into a worrisome development in a state hitherto known for her easy flow of activities without fear of losing one’s life or property.
The new Commissioner of Police owes it as a duty to hit the ball rolling, get into action and nip the issue on the bud. The state can no longer afford the luxury of press statements without serious actions being taken. The people need result and the new Police head we believe has the wits and dexterity to achieve the needed result.