AIG John Abang Promises Zero Tolerance To Crime In Zone 4

 

Police zone 4 which comprises Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau states has got a new Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG John Abang who succeeded AIG Jonah Mava.

On his assumption of office last month, the new AIG spoke with TheSKY Newspaper Correspondent and other Journalists in Makurdi the Benue state capital where zone 4 Headquarters is situated.

Excerpts:
Press:
Sir, for the benefit of our audience, may we know you better by name and the places you have been able to work before assuming the AIG zone 4 today.

AIG:
Thank you very much. I am AIG John B. Abang, I am a fellow of the Defence College, Nigeria. Today by the grace of God, I’m the AIG in charge of zone 4 covering Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau.
Before my promotion as AIG and posted here, I have served in several formations and commands across the country. I will not bore you with all of them, I will just summarize an abridged kind of profile. After passing out from Police College, I have served in Mopol 11 Calabar as a unit Commander, thereafter I served in Osun state as an Officer in the state CID. But before then, I was privileged to be in Angola where I served one year with the United Nations Verification Mission in Angola. From Osun state, I was brought back to the Mobile and was posted to Anambra state in 1998 as the pioneer Squadron Commander of Mopol 29 Awka, Anambra state. After my tour of duty there, I was deployed to Ogun state Command where I served severally as AC Special and Private Bureau and later Paymaster of the Command before I was moved again to the Elite School Mopol Training in Goza, Borno state as Deputy Commandant and later Commandant. When I was promoted to Assistant Commissioner, I served as AC Operations in Borno, AC Operations in Anambra, and of course, from there I became Deputy State Commissioner Of Police Operations in Osun state. From where I left for a one year training course at the Defence College Abuja which qualifies me as a fellow of the Defence College which is like MNI NIPS from Jos here, the school for Senior Executive course at Basic Level. After my course, I served at the Headquarters in Research and planning from where I was deployed to the field as Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom Command. After Akwa Ibom, I was posted back to the Headquarters, this time in Community Policing and later Research and Development in R and P department. From there, I was deployed in 2019 as the 28th Commissioner of Police Anambra state Command where I served from July 2019 to January this year and I was promoted and today I am in Benue commanding zone 4 comprising three states as mentioned earlier. In the course of my career, I have been privileged to attend several courses within and outside Nigeria. For example, I was in Paris for a course in Sunna Management and Counterterrorism with the French National Police, I was privileged to attend a course in Vicenza Italy for Peace Support Operations in Vicenza Italy. I am married with children. I play Golf whenever I can afford the time and opportunity. That is an abridged summary of my profile.

Press:
That is a long and tedious journey into the policing world! In the course of ruling out your journey, you said you were in charge of Operations in Borno state, can you share with us your experience as a very Senior Police Officer in the zone that BokoHaram has caused so much headache, putting that experience side by side with Benue here which may not be as much as Borno in terms of insecurity? Can Benue people make a sigh of relief that somebody with a superior experience has come?

AIG:
Well, as you may know, our constitutional responsibility is the prevention of crime and of course, the protection of citizens among others not just Borno, I told you all the places I worked and then the capacity building I have been privileged to have. That definitely will be brought to bear during my stint in zone 4. So, God willing, I am a teamplayer God willing, my self and my three Police Commissioners in the zone will put our heads together and see how will can give the three states in the zone quality policing, proactive policing, policing based on fundamental human rights and of course other rights as enshrined in the constitution that I promised people of the zone.

Press:
Sir, in a form of blueprint, what should the people expect that will be your own blueprint in terms of addressing crime control and prevention now that the emphasis is on intelligence surveillance and all these?

AIG:
that is a simple thing. When you come to a new formation or command, the first thing you do is to see what is on ground. So, what is on ground in Benue, what is on ground in Nasarawa, what is on ground in Plateu ? You will now see how as new helmsman providing security for three states , how you can take it much better than what you met on ground. Today is my first day in the office, of course I have been going through documents to see and I have been interfacing with all heads of the zone and with that, we will see how we can improve on what has been developed so far. I know my predecessors might have done very well but there is always room for improvement like they say, every father would want his son to do better than him. So, my immediate predecessor would want me to do better than him just like when I leave tomorrow, I will like my successor to improve on what I met and left behind.

Press:
In the course of disclosing to us areas you also ventured in the course of developing your policing career, you said you also worked with community policing department. The call by Nigerians for state Police otherwise known as Community Policing, do you you see that as people over reacting or a legitimate call?

AIG:
No, for me as an advocate or someone who has keyed into the viral drive for a robust Community Policing in the Country. And what is Community Policing? Community is Policing in summary is simply taking Policing to the grassroots, making the people responsible for their Policing to make security every body’s business. I must tell you the truth that where I am coming from in Anambra state, Community Policing has really enhanced our operations because it is no more the issue of ” na dem and us”, it is about all of us, so we carry them along, we work together. That is why since the Community Policing commenced, we are having training programmes for people not recruited by police but it’s community who got these people. So, it is owned by them, all the Police do is the criteria of who is qualified and who is not qualified. But of who is brought in is entirely the responsibility of the individual communities across the country and like I told you, from my experience in Anambra state, they helped me a lot to curtail crime that is why Anambra state today is the safest state in the country.

Press:
What assurances do you have to pass across as a message to the people of th zone in areas they have been having challenges as you earlier mentioned in your address, kidnapping, banditry, herdsmen and all of them. Now that you have taken over, what assurances do you have have for them. And also on the side of criminals, what is your message to the criminals in the zone?

AIG:
simply put, my message to the good people of Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau states is that the zone is poised to have an efficient policing that is people friendly and with respect for human rights and of course, we shall have zero tolerance to criminal activities and criminality.

Press:
Taking a walk round the Police stations especially around Makurdi metropolis, there are some that are located on major streets, some you will find breakages of vehicles that were involved in accident kept by the roadside thereby tending to encroach on the same road that caused accident. Do you see that as something that is proper and in your tenure here, can we see such vehicles cleared off?

AIG:
thank you very much! I am just reporting. Today is my first day, I understand what you mean, maybe exhibit these are vehicles parked at random around police stations and according to you some of them are even encroaching on the streets. Well, by the time I move around, I will observe that. I am aware that IGP has always insisted that exhibit vehicles be arranged and kept, they should not be allowed to constitute a nuisance to members of the public. So what you are saying is true. We will look into it and do something that will bring a change to such an anomaly because such things give the environment a dirty outlook and cleanliness is next to Godliness. So we will look into it, I will ask the DPOs concerned to see what they can do about those vehicles whether they can auction them to be taken somewhere else. But if they still have pending matters in Court, they can arrange them properly and in orderly manner.

 

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