The Nasarawa State Police Command has reaffirmed its commitment to work with the Nasarawa State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in combating criminal elements.
Mr. Adesina Soyemi, the state’s Commissioner of Police (CP), disclosed this while receiving NUJ officials on a familiarization tour to the police headquarters in Lafia, the state capital.
According to Soyemi, the role of the media in the development of all areas of the economy, including security, cannot be overstated, necessitating the partnership.
Within the brief time he was assigned to the state, he explained, the police under his command were able to combat kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism, and other criminal activity.
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He went on to say that thanks to the Command’s security policies, all of the black areas that were infamous for criminal activity before to his arrival in the state are now safe.
Due to recent criminal activities in the locations, he said the command has deployed 24-hour anti-robbery patrol teams to the Federal University of Lafia and the Shaibu and Azuba axis.
“Criminals have vanished after our personnel were dispatched to those axis,” the CP stated, adding that “we will try to secure the safety of lives and property of individuals who live in such areas.”
He stated that journalists were always present to report on the accomplishments of the police and other security services in the fight against crime, and that the police would be eternally grateful to them.
The CP also praised Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule for his unwavering support for the police in their fight against crime.
He added the governor has shown a real desire to maintain peace throughout the state and in border regions with neighboring states.
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Soyemi, on the other hand, stated that the police in the state are facing several obstacles, including a lack of cars, and requested assistance in this area to boost their operational capability.
The Commissioner of Police, in response to the NUJ Chairman, Salihu Alkali’s plea, has offered to deploy armed police personnel to secure the NUJ Press Centre in Lafia.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the NUJ, who was joined by other authorities, congratulated the CP on his deployment to the state and assured that journalists will provide him with the necessary assistance and publicity to help him succeed.
In the short time he has been in the state, the CP has done a good job of dealing with criminal groups, according to the NUJ Chairman.
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He did, however, recommend that the police put in more effort, as well as the deployment of armed officers at the NUJ Press Centre to provide protection to journalists and other guests.