AIG CHRIS EZIKE HANDS OVER TO ETIM OKON AS NEW ABIA CP THREE MONTHS AFTER HE RESUMED WORK IN ABIA.
I was the one who handed him the police form with which he joined the force in 1987….
Chinwe Ugele, Umuahia.
Following the promotion of the Abia police commissioner, Chris Ezike to the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police, a new commissioner has been assigned to the state.
He is Etim Eneh Okon, who served as Deputy commissioner of police in 2017.
According to AIG Ezike, the new CP joined the police force when he was serving as police Public Relations Officer in Cross Rivers state, saying he was also instrumental to his becoming a policeman.
“I am privileged and delighted to be handing over to my son, I have known Eneh in the course of service, he has the capacity to take decisions, the problem we always have is the inability of people in authority to take decisions when necessary.”
“He is a professional, young and has capacity,” Ezike said.
He charged the policemen in the command to show character, integrity and loyalty to the force during the elections in order to portray the country in good light, adding that it is a critical election week.
Handing over to Etim, Ezike said, his short stay in Abia state was full of successes in crime fighting and checking and commended the officers and men for their resilience and doggedness.
“We have done well, we have done exceedingly well and I thank you for making my work successful, it was all these efforts that that resulted to my promotion,” he said.
He however regretted that within his 3 months stay in Abia, the command only lost one police man in an “operational mishap”, which happened during exchange of fire between security men and ciminals.
Ezike who is due for retirement in April 2019, said he had already started preparing for the time without knowing that God was not finished with him yet.
“I thought I was already close to my village preparing for my thanksgiving which all of you will still be part of, but God said, Man, I ain’t finished with you yet,” he retorted.
The AIG disclosed that his experience in Abia state was such that he saw the citizens as highly intelligent and quite sensitive set of people who do not want road blocks or extortions but are conscious of their commercial inclinations.
He also said the command has shortage of manpower as well as logistics which entails that the officers must be highly mobile.
Ezike thanked the state governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu for his willingness to assist the command in areas of need during his stay and hopes that the situation improves with the present police leadership.
CP Okon, in his maiden speech, said Ezike has left a big shoe for him which he hopes he will fit into in order not to disappoint.
He said he would do all in his power not to be influenced by his experience in Abia as DCP, adding that he has decided to look to the future and not look back.
The CP advised his officers to only accord him his due respect and not fear him at all.
Commissioner Okon also explained that he will focus on elections for now, given that the period is a challenging one, but will re strategize after the elections.
AIG Ezike is now in charge of zone 4 comprising Plateau, Nassarawa and Benue states.