The Delta State Police Command has said that the paradigm shift of the police which used to be “looked down upon” by members of the public, has changed, disclosing that the police recently introduced measure called “Democratic policing” to strengthen police force.
Mr. Zanna Ibrahim, the State Commissioner of Police who made this known yesterday in Asaba when members of the Asaba Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists paid him a courtesy visit, lauded the “Democratic Policing” introduced into the police force by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Ibrahim.
Zanna Ibrahim noting that the police are not magicians warned against hate speeches by section of group of persons adding that those who engage in hate speeches, have worsened the current insecurity bane in the country.
He said: “The police are not magicians, but will want to relate with members of the public to get sources of information, hale speeches portend further crisis to the present insecurity challenges bedeviling Nigeria as a country, instead there is need for peaceful co-existence among Nigerian people”.
While urging journalists to always cross check their stories before going to press, the police boss disclosed that the synergy between the police and the press cannot be ignored, adding: “As fourth estate of their realm, your role will help in the information gathering and sources for the police to work with, the press is a vital tool and credible platform meant for the nation’s building”.
“Reasons for the prevalence of crimes in Delta is as a result of unemployment among the youths hence I have introduced whistle blowing measures to help nip in the bud strategies of hoodlums/underworld man, we must expose what is incorrect whistle blowing will extend to all areas so that the police can know how far they have failed” Zanna Ibrahim added.
He said that journalist as responsible professional should build, rather than engaging in destruction and unethical practices that will endanger the nation’s building, adding that the future the press, especially online media points against Nigeria abroad are usually unfair even in Delta State, nobody wants to do business in an insecure environment”.
The police boss who frowned at politicians overheating the politics ahead of the 2019 elections, said: “It is wrong for some of the politicians to be overheat the politics ahead of 2019 elections, and it will not help in the progress of the country” and commended the journalists on the recently peaceful conduct of their election.
The police boss further disclosed that as student measures determined to curb crimes across the state, the police have adopted measures to partner stakeholders in the various communities that will provide the police with useful information for the arrest of perpetrators.
Earlier, the chairman of the Asaba correspondents’ Chapel, Mr. Paul Osuji said the visit to the police boss was to establish formal working relationship with the police, especially on information dissemination, adding that as journalists, there was the need for collaborative synergy with the police to enhance the productivity of their job.
Saying that correspondents’ chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists is the engine room of journalists in the state, Mr. Osuyi urged the police to always involve his members in the activities of the police as partners in progress.
Nosa Akenzua, Asaba