FCT Police boss appeals for support from rich Nigerians to combat crime

The Commissioner of Police (COMPOL), FCT Command, Bennett Igweh, has called on rich Nigerians and corporate organisations to help the Nigeria Police stem the tide of crime in the country by providing logistics and facilities that will help the Force perform its duty maximally.

The FCT Police boss, who was represented by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Toyin Sulyman, stated this on Wednesday in Abuja during the commissioning of Divisional Police Headquarters donated by Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko, the immediate past president of Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN) at Jedo Mega City Estate, Ushafa Community, under the Bwari Area Council of the FCT to Nigeria Police.

While appreciating the donor for his kind gesture, COMPOL Igweh appealed to others to emulate Alhaji Wamakko’s feat by supporting the police to carry out its duties through effective and efficient policing.

“The CEO approached me (about the building of the station), and we followed due process, and I’m happy it came to pass. I give thanks to Almighty God for making it possible for me to be here at the commissioning of Jedo Police Station. As you all know the nature of our job, we will expect a project to fail, but this project is different.

“One of the priorities of the Commissioner of Police is to make sure FCT Command Abuja is free of crime, and we can all attest that since he took on the mantle of leadership, all the strategies he has put in place have been working. Security is everybody’s business, and this project will help reduce insecurity in Ushafa.

“I appreciate Jedo Mega City Estate for this project, and I will like other developers to follow suit, and by the grace of God, FCT will be a better place,” Igweh said.

The donor, Alhaji Wamakko, said the security situation in the Bwari axis called for concern, saying it is what propelled him to donate the station as part of his corporate social responsibility to the community and the FCT at large. He added that police need tools and facilities to work with to combat crime and reduce it to the barest minimum.

“The security challenges in the country are enormous, and they’re not peculiar to any particular place; they are everywhere. We have about 4,000 housing units here, being a megacity with about three different estate owners and the Ushafa Community as well. I see this donation as duty-bound and as part of my own corporate social responsibility by building a police station so that, at least, it would make the area secure and prosper.

“I think the presence of a policeman alone is enough to deter a criminal from committing a crime. It is true that we have had the issue of kidnapping around this area, and as I said, it is all over the place. The FCT minister came with a combined team of security personnel, and we were able to curb it. We felt the best way to secure the environment within was to provide a police station, and that is what motivated us to build it and donate it to the Nigeria Police Force, as well as to encourage them in their duty to society.

“Police is our friend, and we must provide all the necessary amenities that will help in the discharge of their duties effectively and diligently. I call on well-meaning Nigerians and corporate organisations to help police curb crime in society as well as provide accommodation, logistics, and other amenities that will enable them to perform their duties diligently.”

The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the station, CSP Abdulahi Abubakar Sambo, and the chairman of the Jedo Mega City Estate Residents Association, Chief Kizito Eze, said in separate interviews with the Tribune Online that the building of the police station will not only reduce the crime rate in the area but also call for the cooperation of every resident to help the police in the discharge of their duties.



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