In a bid to curb the menace of criminality and it detrimental impact on Eket local government, the local government council in collaboration with security agencies, youths and stakeholders has re-strategized the modus operandi of security operations and also procreated measures that will aid to achieve a crime free environment.
In an enlarged Security Council meeting organized by the Transition Committee Chairman/Algon Chairman, AKS, Hon. Frank Archibong on Friday, he acknowledged security of lives and properties to be the duty of every citizen.
He noted that of recent, Eket has been on the headlines of both national and state newspapers for crimes ranging from; cultism, armed robbery, etc., making it sacrosanct to come together always to proffer solutions to the ugly problem (criminality) starring Eket in the face with an aim to destabilize the once achieved state of Utopia.
Frank stated that it was pertinent to bring in the youths into security meetings, so they could contribute to resolutions, emphasizing that the youths constitute all the crimes in the society.
“Security is a task that must be achieved using every antics. We cannot fold our hands and allow criminality thrive in our society”
“We are all vested with the constitutional mandate to make Eket a safe place devoid of crime, hooliganism and gangsterism. To achieve this, we must work as an uncompromised team” – Frank said.
In his contribution, Gen. Etukudoh (Rtd.) appreciated the periodic security meetings organized by the TC, said it’s the right step in the right direction.
He made suggestion of an all inclusive policing, where every member of the public will be granted access to security agencies for information dissemination.
Etukudoh also called for security consciousness among the citizens so as to be equipped with timely information.
The security agencies in their remark said they were working assiduously to reduce crime in the society.
They stressed that security agencies cannot work effectively without a tempo of good relationship between themselves and the public in-line with the policy thrust of their agencies, which will guarantee first class information, reiterated that they always swing into action once they are informed.
At the end of the meeting, resolutions reached included; an all inclusive participation of the youths in security checks for crime and suspicious persons, swift intervention by security agencies, re-introduction of vigilante groups in strategic places in the local government, among many others.
The meeting had in attendance, the DPO Eket, officer in-charge of DSS in Eket, Youth Council/Caucus Chairmen, officer in-charge of NSCDC, Immigration officer, Gen. Etukudoh (Rtd.), Chief Assamudo Usoro (Snr. Immigration officer, Rtd.), and many other stakeholders.