By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA—IN a renewed bid to fight crime and criminals, the Abia State Police Command has inaugurated a special tactical response squad known as “Operation Combatant Ready”.
The outfit made up of 300 officers and men of the command would have three operational units in Aba, Umuahia and Ohafia, to effectively cover the three senatorial districts of the state.
Inaugurating the new crime bursting outfit yesterday at the Police Officers’ Mess, Umuahia, the State police Commissioner, Leye Oyebade explained that the new outfit would battle crime and criminals and reduce them to the barest minimum in the State.
According to the Police Commissioner, the squad which would be directly under his personal supervision would have zero tolerance for corruption.
He said that every nook and cranny of the State would be adequately covered under the new outfit to give Abia people a new lease of security.
The commissioner also explained that selection of men and officers of the squad was based on qualification, pointing out that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu have provided them with full logistics and support to ensure that they succeed in the operation.
Addressing the team, he charged them to exhibit a sense of responsibility in the discharge of their duty even as he assured them of adequate cooperation in terms of logistics.
“I want to tell you that henceforth, the police will adopt operation stop and search in the State”, he said, adding that it was to add impetus to the fight against crime-related cases as well as to take Abia police to another level.
Oyebade charged members of the squad “to go out to protect lives and property of people”, and assured the people of police readiness to confront criminals to a stand still and appealed for useful information to be provided for his men on hidden places of notorious criminals in the society.