The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal has called on the State House of Assembly to reconsider as well as a pass into law the ‘Vigilante Bill’ as soon as it resumes plenary on January 21, 2020.
The Commissioner of Police noted that passing the vigilante bill into law in the state was important as it would give the group a legal framework in combating crimes and criminality in the communities.
CP Edgal, who was the special guest of honour at the ‘community and safety partnership interactive session’ held at Itu local government area of the state said the vigilante groups would help in beefing security in the grassroots.
The commissioner also emphasized on the importance of community policing, stressing that it was more effective to engage the people in fighting crimes than using guns and lethal weapons and encouraged paramount rulers, the civil society organizations and other critical stakeholders to encourage able-bodied young men to volunteer and form vigilante groups.
The Commissioner also promised to use his connections to ensure that a marine base is established in Itu and marine gunboat provided to ensure theft and other crimes are curbed in the Itu riverine area.
MEANWHILE – The Akwa Ibom State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps-FRSC said 65 persons had been arrested for various traffic offences and secured the conviction of 63 of them during the Christmas and New Year celebration.
The Sector Commander, Sunday Oghenekaro, said at a briefing that all the offenders were given the option of fine depending on the severity of the offences committed.