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Tackle street cultism, Ikpeazu charges Police

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By Anayo Okoli

UMUAHIA—GOVERNOR Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has challenged the police and other security agencies in the country to tackle head-on, the increasing wave of street cultism, saying it needed to be nipped in the bud.

The governor warned that if not checked, it would turn out to be a very dangerous societal problem. Governor Ikpeazu spoke, yesterday, when the Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of Research and Planning, Force Headquarters, Abuja, Valentine Ntomchukwu, who oversees the South-East zone paid him a visit.

“This is the time to nip street cultism in the bud before it gets out of hand. The police should look into it and not treat it with kid’s gloves, as the future of the country depends on their current upbringing,” Ikpeazu warned.

Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu

In his remarks, DIG Valentine Ntomchukwu explained that he was in the state as part of his familiarization and operational review tour of the South East, with the aim of assessing what his men are doing in the area of crime control and management in order to review the strategy for greater success.

Addressing officers and men of the command later at the Police Headquarters, Ntomchukwu charged them to always uphold the rights of suspects in their custody, and warned that they should not arrest outside the stipulated laws of the land.

“When arresting a suspect you are expected to inform him or her the reasons for the arrest and the right of the suspect must be respected at all times irrespective of the offense allegedly committed.

“The present Nigeria Police under the leadership of IGP Idris detests arbitrary arrests and you are expected not to exhibit high handedness in handling any suspect and we must be honest when dealing with issues concerning crime activities”, the DIG warned.

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