The Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), the umbrella body of all the youth organisations in the southeast geopolitical zone has commended the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba for his foresightedness in appointing a tested and experienced capable hand to man the affairs of the Police Zonal Headquarters, Zone 9, Umuahia, Abia State.
According to the coalition, the wise deployment by the acting IGP is a clear indication that he is simply out to nib crime in the bud as he had said.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Owerri, the coalition through its President-General Goodluck Ibem Egwim regretted that the country is currently being hunted by serious security challenges, which had sent some investors parking while making willing and intending investors to abort such an idea entirely.
“But with the present steps so far taken by the Acting IGP in reorganising the security architecture of the country, we are confident that the present security challenge, especially in the South East, will soon be a thing of the past”.
The coalition argued that one of the major key strategies of winning the war against insecurity and terror – whether domestic or trans-border- is by placing those with experience to coordinate the security of the area.
It noted that the South East zone, hitherto, was known as a very peaceful area, but suddenly things took the worse turn as against the status quo ante.
“With the current trend and trajectory, it is only someone who knows the terrain very well that can give us the desired results without much ado. This is where AIG Okon, in all fairness, comes in,” the coalition stated.
It recalled that when Okon was the Commissioner of Police in Abia State, he dealt with criminal elements as the crime was drastically reduced to the barest minimum because the state was too hot for criminals that they were forced to relocate elsewhere.
The statement further reads: “It is on record that there was no any incident of a bank robbery when he held sway because he foiled and thwarted every attempt or plot to do so. Why was it easy for him to seize the initiative and pre-empt such plots?
“Okon was not a police officer that stayed in the confines of his office enjoying the cozy and comfort of his air-conditioned office. Instead, he went to the field with his officers to combat and arrest criminals.
“This was the strategy he used to boost the morale of his officers and men who seeing him in the theatre and sector gave their best. He was a man of discipline, intelligence, and order and these mean much to him.
“Okon redefined the office of the commissioner of police during his tenure. He saw everyone first as human and then a Nigerian with no biases, unlike those in the uniformed services kept and paid by taxpayers money who consider other citizens outside the security agencies as “bloody civilians”.