New Kogi CP warns officers against extortion, rights abuse

Kogi Police Commissioner, Edward Egbuka

Kogi Police Commissioner, Edward Egbuka

Richard Elesho/ Lokoja

The new Commissioner of Police in Kogi State, CP Edward Chuka Egbuka has warned personnel of the State Police Command against extortion and acts that infringe on the fundamental human rights of citizens.

He said any one caught undermining the system will face stiff disciplinary measures according to the law.

Egbuka read the riots acts at his maiden press briefing in Lokoja on Friday. He expressed willingness to bring his over three decades experience, part of which was in the State as Assistant CP, to bear in his new assignment, advising people not to test his resolves.

The Commissioner called on citizens of the State to avail the police with information to enable it carry out its mandate, emphasising that the police has several channels of receiving information, as well as protecting the informants.

Egbuka said Kogi State is a familiar terrain to him having served before in the State and promised to key into the mission and vision of the Inspector General of Police to attract and build the trust of the people.

The Commissioner promised to synergise with other security, paramilitary agencies and all critical stakeholders towards making the state safe and secure. He vowed it would no longer be business as usual for criminals in the State.

Egbuka commended the media for proper coverage of police activities and tasked journalists to guide against sensationalism and fake news. He urged the media to promote stories that will help the police do better in the discharge their duty.

The Police boss commended the Federal Government and other Support agencies for funding the Police, saying it will be unfair to extort members of the public who the Police is expected to protect.

He cautioned men of the police in the State against infringing on the rights of citizens, even though he will not tolerate the infringement of the rights of Police men in carrying out their duties. He promised to operate an open door policy in the State.

He promised to rejig the Security architecture of the state and that jungle Justice would not be tolerated under his leadership.

CP Edward Chuka Egbuka is the 36th Commissioner of Police in Kogi State Police Command. This followed the redeployment of CP Idrisu Dauda Dabban, to the Force Headquarters as the Commissioner of Police Communications.

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