The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Operations, South South states, Emmanuel Inyang, has commended the Neo- Black Movement (NBM) of Africa for donating a building to the Cross River command.
Inyang, who made the commendation at the weekend in Calabar during the 13th annual lecture and 40th anniversary of the movement, stated that the organisation, had, through its philanthropic activities, shown that it was genuinely disposed to the development of the society.
Represented by the state Police Commissioner, Hafiz Inuwa, the DIG revealed that the force faces the challenge of underfunding and inadequate personnel to effectively provide security nationwide. He, therefore, sought assistance for retooling and supplying of information to enable the police work better.
His words: “The police, as we know today, is under-funded and the number of policemen cannot go round everybody as required by the United Nations. So, what the police needs is for the members of the public to partner with us by assisting in the provision of working tools like vehicles, buildings, walkie-talkies and giving us information about criminals around them.”
He cautioned against jungle justice, conceding that though the public has the right to arrest anyone seen committing a crime, but was quick to point out that such a person must be handed over to the force for integration before arraignment.
Inyang continued: “Criminals live among us and some us of know them but sometimes, people who know them keep quiet and such conspiracy of silence breeds crime which should not be the case because no one is immune to attacks.”
In his lecture, titled, “Curbing youth restiveness”, the Deputy Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly, Cosmas Ndukwe, noted regrettably that those culpable of youth restiveness, most times, are above the United Nations (UN) universal categorisation of 15 to 24 years.