Akwa Ibom State Council of Chiefs and the State Police Command have initiated strategic framework towards enhancing security in the state.
To this end, the Council of Chiefs led by the Chairman, His Eminence, Ntenyin (Dr.) Solomon Daniel Etuk held a strategic meeting with the State Police Commissioner, CP Amiengheme Andrew and the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, DCP Naziru A. Daura at the Council Chambers, Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo on Thursday.
In his opening address at the parley, the chairman of the Council, His Eminence, Ntenyin (Dr,) Solomon Etuk, stressed the importance of a sustained synergy between the police and all tiers of the traditional institutions in a bid to continually wedge consistent war against all forms of criminalities in the state.
The monarch said traditional rulers in the state having known their huge responsibilities towards the maintenance of peace, law and wants stronger and effective police cooperation to ensure better security in their domains.
The premier royal father, who is the Oku Ibom Ibibio and President General of the Supreme Council of Ibibio Traditional Rulers (Ifim Ibom Ibibio), noted that collaboration with the police and all tiers of government and people of the state would lead to more successes in the fight against crime.
Ntenyin Etuk, who is the Paramount Ruler of Nsit Ubium LGA and Chancellor of Akwa Ibom State University, commended the Commissioner of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command, CP Amiengheme Andrew, and his delegation for realizing the importance of the meeting and honouring their invitation.
He commended the commissioner for his performance since his arrival in the state. “Few months back, we had experienced issues of insecurity, infact very unpleasant security challenges in Akwa Ibom State, which were quite contrary to our well known status as the most peaceful state in Nigeria.
“Honestly, we were all worried; we were startled but were relieved when God sent a diligent, very respectful, very faithful and hardworking officer, in every sense of the word, in the person of CP Amiengheme Andrew to Akwa Ibom State. He has, by God’s special grace, with the active collaboration of Governor Udom Emmanuel – led administration nipped that insecurity in the bud.
“We were very happy. God sent you here to Akwa Ibom State and you have been able to prove your efficiency and we’re very proud to identify with you.
Today, Akwa Ibom State is peaceful because of your commitment to duty. Since you came in here, we have received very good reports about you and on the effective control of your command and by the grace of God, we pray that during and after your stay, peace will continue to avail in this State and you will be remembered for the good works you have done in Akwa Ibom State and for its people,” the chairman stated.
Ntenyin Etuk assured the police of genuine collaboration by the members of the traditional institution in the state covering village heads, clan heads and paramount rulers.
The Akwa Ibom State Police Commissioner, CP Amiengheme Andrew in his remarks appreciated the chairman of council of chiefs, Ntenyin (Dr.) Solomon Daniel Etuk for his kind compliments and collaboration.
The commissioner urged the monarchs to work closely with the police divisions in their respective domains, reiterating that timely intelligence reports and other security related information will help the police to properly secure their domains and all parts of the state, thereby reducing crime to the barest minimum.
He advised the royal fathers to expose bad eggs in the system to enable the Police achieve its core mandate of securing lives and property with great respect for fundamental rights.
He also appealed to the monarchs to help preach societal and family values in their domains, where respect for constituted authorities is considered sacrosanct, stating that the police command is committed to fight crime holistically and assured the monarchs of their safety and that of their subjects.
“The police system is on ground to help fight criminality, but I appeal to you to admonish parents to nurture their children responsibly. Families no longer nurture children as they should. I appeal to you to let us have good family units. This will help in making our children turn away from committing crimes,” he said.
While urging the Royal Fathers to work with the DPOs in order to reduce crime to the barest minimum, he advised them to expose bad eggs in the system to enable the Police achieve its core mandate of securing lives and property with great respect for fundamental rights.
He solicited the support of the royal fathers to reach out to persons and institutions who could assist in the provision of patrol vehicles, gadgets, upgrade of police structures and other logistical support to boost their operations and efficiency.
The strategic meeting featured an interactive session where appraisal of the security situation of local government areas ensued. The police and traditional rulers agreed to work together in addressing problems including hooliganism, robbery, militancy, kidnapping, alleged extortion at checkpoints, sea piracy, and alleged meddling of police into civil matters, brutality, among others.
The paramount rulers in attendance were Eminence Nteyin (Dr.) Solomon D. Etuk – Nsit Ubium LGA and Chairman State Council of Chiefs; HRM Obong Cosmas Okon Akpan – Essien Udim LGA; HRM Okuku (Dr.) Uwa Umoh Adiaka III – Obot Akara LGA; HRM Okuku (Dr.) Ime Udousoro Inyang – Ibiono Ibom LGA; HRM Owong (Dr.) Effiong Bassey Archianga – Ibeno LGA; HRM Edidem Elder (Dr.) Edet Akpan Inyang – Itu LGA; HRM Edidem Ubong Peter Assam – Esit Eket LGA; HRM Ofong Odiong Edet Akan – Oron LGA; HRM Edidem (Eld.) Akpan Akpan Ekpene – Mkpat Enin LGA; HRM Edidem Etim Charles Daniel Abia – Eket LGA; HRM Akuku (Prof.) Amanam Akpanudo Udo – Etim Ekpo LGA and HRM Edidem Eld.( Dr.) Manesseh Simeon Akpan – Nsit Ibom LGA
Others were HRM Chief Harry John Etetor – Eastern Obolo LGA; HRM Odidem Bassey Etim Edet – Udung Uko LGA; HRM Edidem Raymond Timothy Inyang – Onna LGA; HRM Edidem Clement Francis Ekpenyong – Ibesikpo Asutan LGA; HRM Akuku Okon Udo Ukut – Ikot Ekpene LGA; HRM Edidem Ita Edet Okokon III – Okobo LGA; HRM Edidem Sylvanus Effiong Okon – Uyo LGA; HRM Edidem Joseph Okosi Ekott 111 – Ika LGA; HRM Akuku Saviour Sylvester Udofia – Abak LGA; HRM Edidem Peter Okon Effiong – Nsit Atai LGA; HRM Edidem Etim Edward Akpan – Ini LGA; HRM Akuku (Engr.) Johnson Johnny Obosi – Oruk Anam LGA; HRM Edidem Cosmas Bassey Nkanga – Uruan LGA; HRM Ogwong Okon Asukwo Abang; Paramount Ruler, Mbo LGA and HRM Akuku (Engr.) Amos Daniel Akpan – Ukanafun LGA.