By Omon-Julius Onabu
Delta State Commissioner of Police, Dr Ari Muhammed Ali, has reiterated the need to have a healthy working relationship between the police and sister security agencies as well as strategic stakeholders in the state.
CP Ali, at the weekend rounded off working visits to all sister secieity agencies in Delta State to drive home the point.
This is coming on the heels of a send-off party organized by the Delta State Police Command Ali’s two immediate predecessors in office, that is, AIG Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa and CP Adeleke Bode Adeyinka.
During the courtesy tour, Ali visited the office of the Director, State Security Service, Delta A, Mr Ademola Adebiyi, the office of the Sector Commander, FRSC Delta sector, Mr Uche Peter Wihioka, the Nigerian Navy Ship, Naval Base Warri and the Nigeria Airforce Delta State.
All through the visits, Ali harped on the desire for peaceful co-existence between the police and members of other sister agencies, noting that only a close partnership and cooperation between the police and these agencies would help in curbing insecurity in the state.
Nonetheless, authorities of the security agencies visited expressed appreciation for the thoughtful action of the state commissioner of police and were unanimous on the need for synergy between and among the different security agencies.
Specifically, they stressed the need for the others to be on the same page with the police as the Nigeria Police Force remains the lead agency in matters of security in the state.
During the special tour, Ali also visited Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Asaba, where critical issues were discussed, pleading with the Medical Director of the FMC Asaba, Dr Victor A. Osiatuma to allow any patient with gunshot injuries to be treated even without police report.
Ali noted that “it is important to save life first”, adding that after saving life, then the police could be informed for further necessary action.
However, the commissioner also visited the NNPC, Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), all in the Warri axis of the state, admonishing them to continue to work with the police and ensure that Delta State is safe for all.
Meanwhile, the send-off for AIG Inuwa, who is currently AIG Zone 13, Dunokofia-Ukpo in Anambra State, and Adeleke Adeyinka, the incumbent Kebbi State Commissioner of Police, was attended by many personages, with CP Ali saying his predecessors were being honoured “in recognition of their outstanding contributions while serving in the state as commissioners of police.”
The Chief Judge of Delta State, Justice Marshall Umukoro, Hon Peter O. Amaziye and service commanders as well as religious leaders, traditional rulers and other community leaders.
While Adeleke Adeyinka served as the 18th commissioner of police in the state from February 6, 2019 to January 2, 2020, AIG Inuwa was the 19th commissiober, Delta State Police Command, between January 2, 2020 and January 13, 2021.
The highpoint of the ceremony was the presentation of gifts by the police command and other well-wishers.