It is old news that we now have a new commissioner of Police in the person of Mr Taiwo Fredrick Lakanu and he started making his presence felt already when he led a team of anti robbery squad to quell a robbery in progress at the Aladinma area of Owerri. The suspects were arrested and several implicating items recovered from them during the raid which followed a distress call to his command. I hope the distress number to call is made available to Imolites as soon as possible.
The new CP has made a clear statement of zero crime tolerance to all criminals in the state with that singular act. He reiterated that fact during his maiden press conference. when he stated that all of them should leave the state or have themselves to blame. According to a report on Nigeria News Point, the new commissioner has acquired considerable records that qualifies him to take on the new task given to him. The report stated that he joined the Nigerian Police Force as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent and has served in different capacities and commands. He was the principal staff officer to the Inspector General of Police, Assistant Commissioner of Police, State Criminal Investigation Department, Oyo State. He was also the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Eastern Ports Authority, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Delta State and Commissioner of police of Ekiti State. Until his recent appointment, Mr. Lakanu was the Commissioner of Police, Airport command.
So as he takes over leadership of the Nigerian Police in Imo state, I pray he takes time to re-orientate his men or send them for serious retraining.
I witnessed something very unpleasant the other day at Cherubim junction, Wetheral road. An elderly traffic warden was graciously doing her job under the rain and a mobile police man jumped into the middle of the road from nowhere and started giving counter instructions so that their convoy with very loud irritating sirens could pass. Come to think of it, I thought the state government has banned the use of sirens and tinted glasses on vehicles while introducing the new government house plate numbers.
I hope the new CP will take time to retrain his men to minimize cases of this lawlessness they display in public.