Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has stated that the collaborative efforts between the state command of the Nigerian Police and other security agencies have accounted for the peace currently enjoyed in the state.
Governor Udom said that all the projects being executed in the state would have been put on hold if the state was not safe for investors and contractors, while commending the harmonious relationship between the various sections of the police in the state command.
Speaking at the annual end-of-year get together ceremony of officers of the state command of the Nigeria Police in Uyo, Gov Udom said with their number, they set the pace in internal security operations.
The governor also commended the Police for their role in maintaining security in the state, saying without the police, internal security cannot be realised.
Describing the police as strategic partners, Governor Emmanuel wondered how contractors and investors would have executed all the laudable projects recorded, if the state was under threats of insecurity.
He said with over 8000 policemen in Akwa Ibom, they have spread their tentacles spread into the remotest villages in the state.
“If you do think the police is not your friend, let them be off duty for two hours and let me see whether you will be able to go to the farm or the market.”
He said that despite the prayers usually offered in the state for peace, God still passes through people like policemen to answer the prayers and ensure peace in the state.
The Governor recounted how he had visited the police to re-iterate the importance of security of voters during the election, and expressed satisfaction with the efforts of the police that led to the success of the exercise held last December.
“I want to thank you for helping us conduct a peaceful election. It is the most difficult election where a lot of people usually lose their lives, but we finished and no life was lost.”
“If you wake up in the morning and there is insecurity, the law allows you to cancel it as a governor. The way you people maintained peace, order and remained non-partisan, gave us room to actually conduct a very peaceful election.”
He promised to maintain the cordial relationship with the police force, adding that his position as a governor will end someday, but the relationship with members of the service will never end.
Earlier the Commissioner for Police Mr. Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi said the year 2017 was characterized by pockets of attempts by criminal elements to truncate the peace and security in the state. He said the officers and men of the command were able to coordinate and collaborate with other agencies to maintain law, order and public security.
He also recounted that the local government elections were held successfully because of the dedication and commitment of his gallant officers.
He thanked the Governor for his support to the state Command, but sought for more interventions through the provision of more operational vehicles, improved communication, funding and construction and equipping of more police stations.
Governor Emmanuel was accompanied by the Member representing Uyo federal Constituency, Dr. Michael Enyong, some members of the State executive council and party chieftains.