The newly posted commissioner of police in Bauchi state, Sylvester
Abiodun Alabi has resumed duty with a pledge to strengthen community policing in the state.
CP Alabi who spoke to press at the Bauchi state police command shortly after taking over from CP Lawal Tanko Jimeta, assured that he will discharge his mandate with all seriousness in order secure the lives and property of all law abiding citizens of the state.
“All police functions revolves around the security of lives and properties, so that is exactly what I am here to do in Bauchi state”, the new CP said.
The new police commissioner who acknowledged that importance of community policing, noted that policing must be done with everybody involved, as it is not the sole responsibility of the police.
He said, “community has a role to play, they have a key role to play, community policing is a trust, so I am going to key into it”.
The Police Boss said that, “I am from Ekiti state, I don’t know anywhere here in Bauchi state, I will need the Community leaders to cooperate with the Police in order to be able to effectively police the entire state, that is what is called community policing”.
He added that, “Policing Bauchi State is going to be easy because from what I have heard before I came here coupled with what I have seen the few days I have spent here”.
CP Alabi described Bauchi state as the most peaceful state to live in among others in the North -East subregion.
He however said, that does not mean that Police personnel in the state will go to sleep, adding that the police under his watch in Bauchi will do its best to provide adequate security to lives and properties.
While warning that the command will not condone any act of criminality, the new CP assured that Human Rights will be respected as only the guilty will be prosecuted.
He appealed for cooperation from members of the public by volunteering useful information that can lead to arrest of suspects as well as prevent crimes.
Earlier speaking, the outgoing CP, Lawal Tanko Jimeta appealed to the people of Bauchi cooperate with the new CP, adding that they should not see security as an exclusive job of the police but an all inclusive one.
According to CP Jimeta, every section of the society is required to work together with the police in order to protect lives and property of the citizens.
He informed the new CP of the existing cordial relationship between the command and the working journalists in the state, adding that the police has been enjoying a balanced reportage in the state.