By Leonard Ajokubi
The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Admin, Imo Police Command, DCP Peter Opara, has said that Ihiagwa clan in Owerri West Local Government, deserved a lot of Police Presence.
DCP Opara, who stated this while fielding questions from the Peoples Hero shortly after inspecting facilities at the newly-built police station by Ihiagwa Community recently, said that there was need for enough policemen in the Community, considering the presence of Students in the area.
“Every Community deserved a police presence, and there is no Community in Nigeria that the Police do not cover. Ihiagwa being a Student -occupied area deserved a lot of Police presence,” he said:
On the approval of Ihiagwa Police Station, he said, “Before a Police Station is approved; there is a procedure for it. We must know the population of the area, security threats, the level of present police coverage, and then, we will assess and take it from there. There will be meetings at the headquarters based on our report.”
He commended the people of the Community for making effort to build such structure for the police.
While advising the people of the Community, particularly the youths, the Deputy Commissioner averred, “They should see the police as their Brothers and Sisters; they should accommodate the strangers, especially the Students that are living with them”.
In his, the Chairman, Ihiagwa Town Management Committee (ITMC), Engr. Emeka Udokporo (Omekannaya), who thanked the Commissioner of Police, Imo State Police Command, the Deputy Commissioner Admin, DCP Opara, and his team for the visit, expressed the need for the approval of the Ihiagwa Police Station, saying that the presence of the police will ward off the activities of criminals and cultism in the Community, considering the population of Ihiagwa.
“Over the years, we were confronted with the activities of criminals. Our population is much coupled with the Students of the Federal University of Technology (FUTO), Owerri.
“Ihiagwa is made up of two Distinct Autonomous Communities and eight large villages, with a population of over four hundred thousand, excluding the Students of the Federal University of Technology (FUTO), who reside in the Community.
“At present, the people of Ihiagwa clan sleep with one eye open because of the wicked and nefarious activities of the hoodlums and different cult groups operating in the area”.
Appealing for the approval of the Police Station, Engr. Udokporo noted, “we have, through Community efforts, provided a number of the required facilities. We have a well-built structure with female and male cells, four (4) offices with private toilets and general offices/reception. The compound is popularly fenced. We have also gone head to purchase a double cabin operational vehicle for the police as the final requirement for the take-off of the Police Station”.
Continuing, he said, “We have an existing and functional vigilante services whose activities will complement the effort of the police in crime fighting, as we have the confidence that they will coordinate fully with the police”.
Other Ihiagwa stakeholders present to the event include, of the secretary and members of the Ihiagwa Town Management Committee (ITMC) and Nze Mechuges Anokwuru.