The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Friday declared the resolve of the men and officers of the force in nipping crimes, especially kidnapping in the South-East in the bud.
This was even as the IGP inaugurated the Intelligence Technical Unit of the Imo State police command with the charge to curtail the scourge of kidnapping in the state and across the zone.
Addressing newsmen after inspection of the ongoing Nigeria Police College of Finance and Administration, police special Protection Unit base and police hospital, all in the Ideato South Local Government Area of the state, Idris said that he intended to fight crimes, especially kidnapping by involving the communities.
Idris said “in fighting kidnapping, we are doing it in two ways. One is to engage communities and parents to dissuade their children from taking part in crimes. Another is the police Intelligence Technical Unit, I will inaugurate today. That will help us to prevent crime from happening.”
The country’s number one police officer lamented that the NPF was underfunded.
He said, “The police are underfunded. And we have agreed that the police cannot be properly funded through the annual budgetary allocation. We are in touch with the members of the National Assembly on the need to revive the abandoned first charge that was introduced in 2009.”
The Governor of the State, Rochas Okorocha, said that the state and her indigenes were committed to fighting crimes to a standstill.
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu, Okorocha, said, “We are grateful to the Inspector General of Police for approving the Squadron unit which we did not even ask for. We now have the police special protection unit, police College of finance and administration, police hospital, Navy and the Air force in the state. We intend fighting crime by bringing the presence of as many security institutions as possible to the state.”