Shun extortion, Delta police commissioner warns officers
Delta State Police Commissioner, Mr. Ari Mohammed Alli, has warmed all Divisional Police Officers (DPOs), Area Commandants (ACs) and the rank and files to desist, forthwith, from collecting money, or engaging in any illegal means when dealing with the public.
Alli said: “Despite the warning, we still have deviant among them. Some were exposed by God and when that happened, we tried them, reduced their ranks or dismissed them from the Force.
“We always reward the good ones. We are going to continue with it. My system is to dangle carrots and stick. That is, if you do well, we give you a carrot, and if you do otherwise we give you a stick. Period.”
Alli, however, said the crime rate in the state had reduced drastically due to workable structures put on the ground, as well as the support from other sister agencies.
He said: “There is no magic in policing. It is about putting down structures. In fact, not just structures but workable crime-fighting structures. Your ability and capability to supervise and ensure the men you deploy are doing exactly what you expect them to do. Beyond that, policing is not a one-man business. That is why in Nigeria, the emphasis is on community policing. No one does it alone. There is a need to bring other strategic partners that can give information and team up to fight crime. That is just the way out.
“In Delta State, we have many strategic partners in crime-fighting. Non-policing actors are there, including the vigilance groups, hunters, anti- kidnapping volunteer groups, and anti-cult volunteer groups, among others. They are all willing to partner with us. Our sister agencies are also there. There is no magic in crime-fighting. Determination is all we need to succeed. That passion to succeed is the driving force behind whatever success we set to achieve. And once you have that in mind, be rest assured that the sky is our limit. ”