The Commissioner of Police in Bayelsa, Mr Mike Okoli, on Wednesday solicited the support of the Chairman and Community leaders of Kolokuma/Opokuma in fighting crime.
Okoli solicited the support during a visit to Igbogene Divisional Headquarters, Kaiama Divisional Headquarters and the traditional institution of the Kolokuma/Opokuma Kingdom.
The CP resumed duty in the state on July 25, 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic, #ENDSARS# protest and the senatorial bye-election delayed his visit to the divisional headquarters.
In his remarks, the Divisional Police Officer of Igbogene, CSP Friday Aprima, said that the community was a gateway between Bayelsa and Rivers State and police station in the area was upgraded to a division seven years ago.
He said that their area of responsibility spread across three large homogeneous communities, namely Yenegwe, Igbogene and Agbia respectively.
The DPO said that the division had 50 personnel, adding that the major challenge was the incessant blockage of the East/West Road by militants when protesting the non-payment of their amnesty allowance.
Earlier, the Youth President, Samuel Opruye, commended the CP for the timely visit to the Igbogene Division.
He acknowledged the cordial relationship between members of the community and the police and solicited for necessary logistics, especially a patrol vehicle for the Division to enhance patrol and speedy response to crime.
King Onya Mozi-Agara, Ibenanawei of Kolokuma kingdom, and other Clan Heads commended the DPO of Kaiama Divisional Headquarters, for his steadfastness dedication to duty.
The traditional ruler, who spoke on behalf of others said Kolokuma/Opokuma, was the most peaceful Local Government Area in Bayelsa as her people are peace loving.
He appealed for more Police personnel, vehicles and Police units for Kolokuma and Opokuma kingdoms respectively.
Mozi-Agara said that the police had been getting the support of the local vigilante groups in the area to ensure security of lives and property.
The Chairman of Kolokuma/Opokuma LGA, Chief Dengiye Ubarugu, said he was highly elated at the presence of the CP who incidentally was on a visit to the Divisional Headquarters.
He said that the structure accommodating the police was in a state of complete dilapidation and inhabitable for officers and men of the Nigerian Police to carry out their statutory duties.
“When we came on board; we decided to vigorously embark on rebuilding of this Police Divisional Headquarters complex to enable the officers be in good mental and physical conditions and to boost their professional efficiency.
“Having put this structure in place, we believe that our able officers of the Nigerian Police in this station can now carry out their duties effectively by properly policing our communities,” he said.