Okorocha reveals plan to build police headquarters in Imo

Ranks and files of Nigeria Police Force

…Describes state as most peaceful

Imo State Government is to build a befitting Police headquarters in the state once approval is given by the Inspector General of Police and the drawing presented, according to the State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha. The Governor noted that the current Police headquarters in the state does not reflect the level of progress or development in the state at the moment.

Okorocha also described Imo as the most peaceful state in the country, stating that within the past six years of his administration, his government was able to prove that development and crime have no relationship because there are lesser crimes where there is development than where there is underdevelopment.

The governor who spoke weekend when the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Ibrahim and his entourage paid courtesy call on him at the Government House, Owerri, explained that his administration had few weeks ago empowered 3,500 women with N100,000 each and few days ago made 305 youths millionaires by giving them N1million each, adding that these gestures have helped in removing people out of the street and by implication reducing crime in the state.

The governor also hinted that the Nigeria Police contributed a lot in making him who he is today, stating that few years ago before politics, one could hardly count ten wealthy Nigerians without counting him because of his relationship with the Nigeria Police.

His words, “I had always proposed ideas on how to help the Nigeria Police. The first time that the Nigeria Police got One Thousand Jeeps was from me, Rochas, as a businessman and not as a politician. We often speak evil of the Nigeria Police and we have not been able to appreciate what the Nigeria Police stands for under the very painful situation they work, in the discharge of their duties. If there is one man that appreciates the Nigeria Police it is me. I first donated a college of administration, a brand new 200 bed hospital, mobile squadron unit, workshops. The right place to site Zonal Office is Owerri because of its strategic position. Federal government alone cannot provide the needs of the Police so I want to set the pace so that other states can follow”.

The governor thanked the IGP for the helicopter released to Imo State for surveillance, promising to reciprocate by supporting the police force in all aspects.

IGP Ibrahim in his speech said he noticed that Imo is one of the few states that you can read happiness from the faces of the citizens stating that the governor has given them a mobile squadron unit, a referral hospital and an administrative college, showing his love for the force. The IG also commissioned some security patrol cars.

FG’s presence in Imo: Uche Nwosu lauds Gov. Okorocha

…As he conducts IGP round state’s facilities

The Chief of Staff, Imo State Government House, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu said Imo state Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has attracted the presence of all the security agencies to the state.

Nwosu was speaking after conducting the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Idris Kpotum and his entourage round some government facilities in the state. He said their presence in the state would help to reduce crime to its barest minimum.

Part of the event that featured during the IGP’s visit included the comissioning of the Police Technical Intelligence Unit, inspection of progress of work at the Police College of Finance and Administration and the Police Specialist Hospital donated to the Nigerian Police by the Imo State Government.

Nwosu also seized the opportunity to appreciate the IGP and the entire hierarchy of the Nigerian Police for accepting to partner with the state on the hospital and other projects and for approving Police squadron for the state.

Chief Nwosu noted that before Okorocha took over power in the state, federal government’s presence was lacking and expressed satisfaction that Okorocha has been able to fulfill the promise of attracting FG’s presence to the state.

However, the IGP had while fielding questions from newsmen said he was in the state on the invitation of the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to commission the Police Technical Intelligence Unit and inspect progress of work at the Police College of Finance and Administration and Police Specialist Hospital.

He thanked the Governor for providing them with the large facility and said they will expand it more to accomodate other needs.

IGP Idris expressed the need for security around the school and noted that the Technical Intelligence Unit will help to nip kidnapping and other crimes in the bud in the southeast region while commending the cordial relationship between the Imo State Government and the Nigerian police.

He said the police under him has been encouraging participation of communities in policing and advised religious, traditional, community leaders to involve deeply in crime fighting by always organising programmes to sensitize their followers on the damages of engaging in crime and reporting criminal elements found in their areas.

The IGP was accompanied on the visit by the Commisioners of Police, Abia and Anambra states and was well received by Imo state Police Commissioner, Chris Ezike.


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