The new Commissioner of Police in charge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu, has said he is not in the FCT for politics but to police the territory.
The CP was recently posted from the Rivers State Police Command due to his a involvement in politics in the state.
He was accused of fighting the governor of the state, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, and only taking and obeying orders from the presidency.
Mbu, who made the remarks at his maiden news conference at the FCT police headquarters yesterday, promised that the territory would be effectively policed.
He said: â€œToday (Monday), I have assumed duties as the new Commissioner of Police in charge of the FCT. I am not here for politics, this is FCT; a no manâ€™s land, we are here to do policing and that is all.â€
He therefore warned criminals to repent from their distardly act or face the full wrath of law in the territory.
The new commissioner vowed to build confidence in officers and men of the command to enable them carry out their duties without fear.
â€œI must tell you that I have to build confidence in my policemen; my policemen must work with confidence without fear of intimidation. Take for instance, you are driving one way or doing that which is not good, a policeman accost you and you start telling him, I am going to call the CP. I am going to call the I-G; I will dismiss you, I will not accept that, I will defend my policeman as long as he is doing the right thingâ€™â€™ he said.
According to him, whoever takes the laws into his or her hands in the territory would be brought to book.
He, however, warned the personnel against indiscipline, advising them to be civil and respect the people.
â€œI will not condone indiscipline and incivility to the public; every policeman in this command must be very hard working, we are paid for others to sleep,â€ he said.
Mbu said the command would soon install complaint boxes in public places in the territory, including churches and mosques, to enable the public volunteer information and to report misconduct by policemen.
The CP advised journalists to always verify stories before publication and vowed to bar those who report hearsay from covering activities at the command.
â€œI want to advise that if you come here and hearsay or make belief and you do not confirm from the PPRO, CP or DCP (Administration), you go and write rubbish. I will block you from coming to this headquarters (FCT police command),â€™â€™ he threatened.