The new Commissioner of Police in Imo State, Chris Ezike, has asked the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in the state, Stephen Lar, to assist the police to make the state safe.
Addressing Lar and the other senior officers of the NSCDC during a visit to the state command’s headquarters in Owerri, the state capital, Ezike, said the issue of fighting crime in any society was not restricted to one individual or agency.
The CP posited that his command would not achieve the desired result if it failed to collaborate with other sister security agencies within the state.
Ezike said, “We have resolved at the management level to reduce crime in Imo State to a tolerable level. To do that, we have equally resolved to partner sister security agencies.
“No one person or agency has monopoly over crime issues. We cannot do it alone; that is why we have come to ask for your assistance.”
He said he had visited the state commands of the Nigeria Immigration Service, the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Prisons Service, where he reiterated that all crime-fighting agencies in the state must unite, share mutual intelligence, exchange ideas in making sure that armed robbery, cultism, kidnapping and other associated crimes were nipped in the bud.
In his response, Lar asserted that there was no controversy surrounding the fact that the police were the lead internal security agency in Nigeria, adding that the NSCDC and other security agencies were established to complement the police in eradicating crimes.
The Commandant said, “There is no argument about it. Police is the lead internal security agency in Nigeria. Other security agencies were established to complement your efforts.