The newly-deployed Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Austin Iwar, at the weekend, warned personnel of the command against corruption and violation of human rights.
Iwar spoke in Yenagoa, the state capital, during his maiden address to the command and decoration of newly promoted 36 inspectors to the rank of assistant superintendent of police.
The police commissioner insisted that he would deal decisively with any officers found wanting in the protection of human rights in the state.
He said: “The police command under my leadership will ensure that Human Rights of individuals are never violated under any circumstance. All personnel of the command are warned to desist from acts capable of abusing the rights of our people.
“The leadership of the state police command shall maintain zero tolerance for corruption. Officers with corrupt tendencies are warned that this administration will not condone any act of corruption. Acts of corruption will be decisively dealt with.
“I have directed the immediate strengthening of all police oversight units to check the activities of personnel in line with the anti-corruption agenda of the Inspector General , Ibrahim Idris. They are to conduct unscheduled inspection and on-the-spot checks.”
Iwar further said that his command would deploy intelligence policing approach, which he said remained a crucial strategy in crime prevention.
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He said the command would focus on substantially deploying police intelligence assets in synergy with relevant agencies to prevent crimes and make the communities safer.
He said: “As we strive to ensure that Bayelsa enjoys acceptable peace and security, measures will be taken to frustrate and reduce the disturbing activities of cultists and like criminals to rid the state if their menace.
“The Bayelsa State Police Command hereby warns all perpetrators of violence, disturbing the peace of the state that the command will no longer tolerate deliberate acts with intent to breach the peace of the state.
“The police will decisively deal with all acts of aggression against the cherished peace we enjoy. Therefore, violent offenders and like miscreants are warned to refrain from their crimes or be ready to face the full weight of the law. The command is poised ever than before to make Bayelsa too hot for their nefarious activities”.