The new Commissioner of Police in charge of Abia State, Mustapha Mohamed Bala, has urged the residents of the State not to panic over the inclusion of the state among the high-risk states on the latest terror alert issued by the United Kingdom.
Responding to questions from Journalists after assuming office at state police headquarters Umuahia, the Police Chief said that the command in collaboration with other security agencies was not leaving anything to chance in its bid to ensure the all-around security of lives and property of residents.
Mr Bala who was until his posting the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Imo State said that the command would also utilize intelligence gathering and proactive policing to neutralize any terror threat.
He said that the command, besides some other tactical measures which would not be made public, would embark on the massive deployment of personnel to keep criminals at bare from the state.
The Katsina-born new police chief, promised hard times for the criminals terrorising the state, particularly around the Umunneochi axis, hinting that a joint operation with neighbouring states was in the offing to flush out criminals taking refuge in the area.
He assured that under his watch, Abia would witness a peaceful Yuletide, while soliciting support and cooperation of members of the public.
CP Bala who said that he was in a hurry to ensure Abia witnessed water-tight security, warned criminal elements to relocate from the state or brace up for hard times.
” I want to hit the ground running. I’m in a hurry to ensure the safety of lives and property of God’s Own State. There is no cause for alarm. Together with sister security agencies, we will ensure that Abians enjoy safety”.
The new CP took over from former CP, Janet Agbede who was recently elevated to the Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, IsL source reports