Abia former CP, AIG Ezike hands over to successor, Okon
By Steve Oko
The out-going Commissioner of Police, Abia State , Mr. Chris Ezike, who was recently promoted to Assistant Inspector General (AIG), of Police, Monday, handed over to his successor, Mr. Etim Ene -Okon.
Ezike who spent barely five months in the state before his new promotion will be proceeding to Markurdi where he will resume as the AIG in charge of Zone 4.
Speaking in an emotion -ladden voice at the Police Officers’ Mess Umuahia during the brief handover ceremony, Ezike , commended the officers and men of the command for their “dedication, resilience, support and cooperation” during his short stay.
” You made my job and success stories easy “, he said.
He, therefore, charged them to extend similar support to his successor, and to double their efforts in the fight against crime for a safer society.
Describing the new CP as “very professional and one with capacity to take decisions”, Ezike said he was not in doubt of his ability to deliver.
Ezike also charged the officers and men of the command to be of good repute and of high integrity to sustain public confidence.
The out-going AIG identified shortage of personnel and logistics as the major challenges confronting the Abia State police command.
Describing the duo as “mitigating challenges”, Ezike appealed to the State Government to fast track the delivery of operational vehicles which it pledged to donate to the command.
Later in an interview with newsmen, Ezike said he was prepared to post new achievements in his new station.
He noted that although he is going to a hot -bed, he was ready to achieve results before his final exit from the Force in April following his attainment of the mandatory 35 years in service.
Responding, the new CP, Okon, thanked Ezike for his track records in the command, and promised to sustain his good achievements.
Okon who revealed it was Ezike that issued him with his (Okon’s) recruitement form into the Force back in 1987, described him as a gallant officer.
His words :”Everywhere he went he made a mark. I hope I will be able to fit into his big shoes “.
Okon who left the state “a year and seven months ago as DCP”, said he was redeployed to the state at a very challenging time but promised to deliver results.
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