Governor Godswill Akpabio of Aka Ibom State has called on the security agencies to be on the watch out for people or politicians wanting to truncate the country’s democracy by threatening to form a parallel government if they lose the forthcoming general election.
Akpabio, who made the call on Tuesday when the Inspector General of Police (IG), Suleiman Abba, paid him a courtesy visit in Uyo, urged the security agents to place such politicians on surveillance to stop them from carrying out their threat, describing such as anti-democratic tendency.
He lamented that most achievements of President Jonathan were subsumed in false propaganda by the opposition party and hoped next general elections would be anchored on tangible achievements by different political parties.
The governor, who congratulated the IG on his recent appointment, said his track
record had been impressive, thanking President Jonathan for the appointment, and expressing the belief, saying that his appointment was designed by God.
Akpabio said his visit has shown his determination to ensure credible and peaceful elections, where no lives in the state would be lost and disclosed that the state is always peaceful and that the state is not an attractive destination for criminals because of the joint corroboration among security chiefs in the state.
Abba hinted that he visited the state to discuss with zonal officers from Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Rivers and Ebonyi States to see the efforts they have made to change the attitude of all police officers in applying the ethical and valued policies in the force.
He explained that his visit was to see the efforts to change policing strategy, intelligent policing to ensure democratic laid down policing, saying that he would seize the opportunity to discuss and interact with political parties leadership, and enjoining the police as stakeholders to ensure credible and peaceful elections next month.
The IG applauded the governor for his numerous assistance he has given to the state police force through the building of Mobile Police Base in Uyo, building of provision of fleet of patrol vehicles, provision of bullet proof vests, communication gadgets, among others, and assured the state governor that the men of the police force will put in their best to have credible elections by next month.
In another development, the IG has inaugurated 30 patrol vehicles equipped with communication gadgets and two armonred cars donated by the Akwa Ibom Government to Nigeria Police Force in the state.
Inaugurating the vehicles at the Government House Banquet Hall ground, Uyo,
Abba said the patrol vehicles would reduce crime with at least two vehicles in every street and town in the state, calling on the state police command to ensure that crime is brought to its minimum in the state.
Assuring that every person in the state would feel safe and secure, he then assured the state government of their readiness to tackle crime both in the state and in the country.
In his remarks, Governor Akpabio said: “This gesture by our state government to the police force is to deepen our cooperation and I am happy to note that the police force has assisted our state in ensuring the safety of every Akwa Ibom person. I must use this opportunity to thank the public for cooperating with the police force in tackling crime in the state.”
Speaking earlier, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Gabriel Achong, who had thanked the governor for his laudable contributions to the police force, stressed that the vehicles would create expansion and intelligent policing strategy in the state, pledging their commitment to ensuring peace and security of the state.