By Isaiah Eka
The Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom, Mr Donald Awunah has called for inter agency collaboration to ensure peace and unity among various ethnic groups resident in the state.
Awunah made the call on Saturday when he paid a courtesy visit on Lt.-Col. S. U. Abubakar, the Commanding Officer Six Battalion, Nigeria Army.
He said that the visit was to extend hands of fellowship of his command to officers and men of the battalion.
Awunah said the visit was timed to build on the existing cordial relationship between the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Army in the state.
According to him, the police and the army have been working together since the days of African Volunteer Force and the Hausa Constabulary of 1861.
He said that security officers and service personnel must be united and focused in order to make the Nigerian project of an indivisible nation a reality.
“Conflicts will send wrong signals to the populace and law enforcement community,” Awunah said.
He said that one of the core values of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris policing agenda was inter agency partnership.
Awunah said that the collaboration and synergy would reduce crime and make the security of the nation easier.
He assured the Commanding officer of his open-door policy and the willingness of the police command under his watch to ensure adequate protection of life and property.
Responding, Abubakar said that the need for such interaction, synergy and collaboration between sister security agencies could not be over emphasized.
Abubakar said that cooperation between security agencies was very important in gaining trust and confidence of Nigerians.
He commended the commissioner of police for his quick response to issues and accessibility to other security agencies, adding that his proactive nature has helped to reduce crime in the state.