6 officers get promotion in Abia as CP reads riot act to election violators
By Steve Oko
Six dedicated police officers in the Abia State Police Command, were Tuesday, decorated with their new ranks following their recent promotion by the Police Service Commission.
Decorating the newly promoted officers, CP Mustapha Mohammed Bala, charged them to reciprocate their promotion by being dedicated to duty.
Later in an interview with Wawa News Global, one of the newly promoted officers, Sup. Emmanuel Ukanwoke, thanked God for the promotion which he said would spur him to put more efforts in the service.
He thanked the IGP and the Police Service Commission, pledging not to be found wonting.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police has vowed to make Abia State uncondusive for anyone plotting to disrupt or foment trouble in the forthcoming elections.
Addressing newsmen at the Officers Mess in Umuahia, CP Bala, ordered anyone plotting to disrupt the general elections to relocate from Abia because such criminality would not be tolerated.
He said that the Police and sister security agencies in the state had water-tight security arrangements to checkmate activities of hoodlums during the polls.
The Police boss said that the Federal Government placed high premium on the security of voters in the state as well as lives and property of residents ” before, during and after the elections”.
He equally said that adequate arrangement had been put in place to safeguard both sensitive and non sensitive electoral materials, as well as lives of the electoral officials, and the ad- hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The who said his men were prepared to respond to any emergency, cautioned politicians and party agents to shun acts capable of plunging the state into electoral crisis.
He warned that law enforcement agents would not hesitate to deal decisively with anyone engaging in any act capable of causing security breach, no matter how highly or lowly placed.
Assuring voters of their maximum security, the CP urged voters in the state to troop out en mass to exercise their franchise in the forthcoming polls.
He equally urged candidates and political parties in the forthcoming polls to play according to the rule of the game.
“I wish to use this medium to admonish all Candidates of Abia origin, Political parties agents and other party faithful to play according to the specific rules.
“The Security operatives will not hesitate in bringing to order any person or group of persons irrespective of societal position wanting to truncate the relative peace hitherto enjoyed by all Abians.”
The CP also distributed N11.795, 888.30 to the families of officers and men of the command who died in active service.
Bala who explained that the largesse came under the “Group Life Assurance Benefits and IGP Family Welfare Insurance Scheme”, enjoined the beneficiaries to utilize the funds properly.
Similarly, Apochi Francis, son to one of deceased personnel of the command thanked the police CP and IGP for the largesse.
He said it had brought a huge relief to the families of the affected officers.
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