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Photo Card Of Changing Scenario In A'Ibom Security Tactics

In spite of the social media spotlights and newspaper/ electronic stations' hypedanalyses on crime index in Akwa Ibom over the last five years, the truth remains that this state is the most peaceful when it concerns demographic violent crimes chart across Nigeria. The fact that people are no longer whisked away from their houses in the night and stocked in car boots , to be hidden in forests and uncompleted buildings in local communities, testifies to the above deduction. Again, there was time in this state when opposing voices were targeted for bullet shots, resulting in instant deaths of such victims. Many politicians' houses, vehicles, their loved ones (children, wives, brothers, among others) were also made casualties of a highly organised killing squad, set up by agents of darkness to paint the state as the most dangerous place to stay in Nigeria. The above was the darkest era which, perhaps, moved Shakespeare in his titanic book - MACBETH - to proclaim an unbelievable crime scenario in that play thus 'Horror! Horror! Tongue nor heart cannot name thee. Really, 2008-2015 was a horrible period as the state was almost overrun by hoodlums in the guise of murderers, assassins, arsonists, kidnappers, political thugs/jobbers, theft in banks and satanic consultations of deities and occultic groups in order to subjugate genuine aspirations of a fellow brother or sister in both political office nay the civil service. The unexpected assassination of Obong Robert James Obot, who was the paramount ruler of Nsit Ubium Local Government; the tactical elimination of Obong Okon Uwah, ex-chairman of Ukanafun, as well as deputy speaker of the State House of Assembly , were the heights of criminality in the state, to justify it being named nationally as no-go area to investors. Again, the duo of Messrs Benjamin Udo Ekpo, Esq and Mr. Victor Udo, both erudite sons of Ikono Local Government Area, were cut down by assassins' merciless bullets on the altar of politics. To remind readers more, Mr. Benjamin Udo Ekpo, before he was assassinated by the bullets of the unknown, had meritoriously served as Ikono chapter chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, even as he also excelled in his legal profession as the people's mouthpiece on vital community issues; while Mr. Victor Udo, as at the time he paid the supreme price of death in the hands of his murderers, was the assistant secretary of the PDP at the state chapter. It is the wish of crime report ers who have witnessed these eliminations of people during the turbulent era in this state that these patriotic party men, who died untimely, be immortalized for posterity to know about their dilemma. Just in the neighbouring Ini Local Government, the story about criminality at that period was the same. Mr Paul Owo, who represented Ini in the State House of Assembly by that time, lost his house to arsonists, who did not only set it ablaze but utterly destroyed everything that one could call his property in a tastefully furnished residence in his country home. Worried by crime statistics against Akwa Ibom in 2008, Mr Mike Zuokumor, then police commissioner in the state, had told crime correspondents that the state was in the forefront in homicide and murder cases. Briefing newsmen on police onslaught against criminals in his era, Zuokumor said though he acknowledged the state to be very religious, it was ironical that deaths occasioned by jungle justice, squabble settled through machete cuts, made the state to attain the zenith in killing of individuals. Thanks, however, to the government then, with the wisdom of introducing a combined operation by the military officials with the name ADUMA, which and later changed to read Thunder, that drastically frustrated the menacing scenes of criminality on the streets of Uyo, especially bank armed banditry cases. Today, the story is different as lesser number of persons meet untimely death in the course of voice articulation on political issues in Akwa Ibom as was the case in the above analysis. Although in Ukanafun, Etim Ekpo and Oruk Anam political or cultism-related crises featured prominently, resulting in people becoming refugees in other communities, 2015 till date lacks comparison to crime situations of 10 years ago in Akwa Ibom. Agreed, majority of persons have in the last two years been abused sexually by members of the public, even those who should offer shelter or protection to them in moments of trials and temptations. Pastors, caregivers, security people, and many other became perpetrators in the crime of defilement, rape etc on innocent children with reckless abandon. The systematic increase in this nature of criminality infuriated the governor's wife, Dr Martha Udom Emmanuel, as well as the Ministry of Women Affairs, the women lawyers, women doctors, women journalists and women preachers of the gospel to push for a law that makes it a heavy punishment against violent sex crimes, especially the one involving younger age children. Although some persons had blame such animalistic life to the COVID-19 that restricted movement, but confined people to their houses as the reason for upsurge in sexual abuse of children , one is happy that the law promulgated in that direction has reduced the ugly incidence to 80 per cent so far. Women groups listed above need to go back to their enlightenment campaign against this criminality, as we are told of the second wave of the pandemic, which may result in another lockdown. From the standpoint of securityconcerned persons, the remaining years of Governor Udom Emmanuel will not witness an upsurge in crime indices in Akwa Ibom. This is based on the premise that the rapport between the security agents in Akwa Ibom and the state government is cordial. As a listening chief executive of the state, Emmanuel recently embarked on facility tour of the State Police Command headquarters at Ikot Akpan Abia in Uyo to dialogue with the state police commissioner on the possible areas of synergy to arrest security threats in the state. As a close security watchman, this writer can say vividly that Mr Emmanuel is the first governor to visit the State Police Command headquarters for interaction, apart from commissioning a project therein. The donation of 35 vehicles out of the 100 promised the police authority in recent time, is a testimony to the crime-free expectations in the coming year, which politicking might begin underground. This promise is in addition to other of such gestures earlier made to the Police, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), correctional services - all Federal Government agencies doing their duties in the state. One should not forget hastily the renovation works at Wellington Bassey Army Barracks, Ibagwa, where many dilapidated quarters for soldiers were renovated, giving the barracks a facelift that has earned the governor commensurate accolades from defense headquarters in Abuja. It is now the onus of security agencies to take good care of the vehicles given to them for use in tackling crimes in the state. A situation where you see a police vehicle in a battered shape, with one headlight, worn-out tyres, smashed windscreen traversing the streets in the name of crime fighting mission, does not tell a good story about the police and even the government that donated such vehicles for official duties. What we observe in electronic media in developed countries like Britain, France, the USA, Israel, Russia or South Africa on how a security man should look like, how their vehicles ought to be in addition to harmless status of such security men, is what Nigerian security personnel should always be. Gone are the days when offending motorist was pursued aggressively and in the course of doing so, the police batched their vehicles beyond repairs. At times, with fury and disappointment, the police makes attempt to shoot a fleeing criminal, only to hit the innocent passers-by, killing them instantly. Police commands/police stations should re-invent a mechanic workshop to handle the repairs of battered vehicles before they are put back on the roads for operations. Government and well-to-do men should make constant visits to the stations to donate vehicles, spare parts and money for vehicle patrols to enable the security men serve us better. But police men on the road should not compel motorists to do so by force

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