A new Commissioner of police has resumed in Edo State and has expressed readiness for Saturday’s Governorship Election.
Fimihan Adeoye took over from Chris Ezike in a brief hand-over and Take-over ceremony in Benin, the Edo State Capital on Monday.
The outgone commissioner said he was leaving the state better than he met it as, according to him, the spate of robbery incidents, kidnapping, cultism and other criminal activities were no longer the order of the day
He reminded the new police boss that his first major assignments, among other things, would be the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday for the APC Campaign rally at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium Benjn and the September 10 governorship polls.
The new commissioner of police assured that his leadership would sustain the measures that were already in place and will seek to improve on them.
He said: “I want to say that I am an apostle of crime prevention, so we are going to be sustaining all the crime preventive strategies that have been put in place by the outgoing CP and that is to say that we are going to be reinforcing the song of policing and indeed security is everybody’s business.
“The idea of thinking that policing should be left to the police and other security agencies, we want the people to discard.
“We are going to ensure we enlist their support in the policing of their own communities.
“Community policing like democracy is the policing of the community by the people and for the people, so the communities will be actively engaged in the policing of the society,” he added.
Adeoye called on citizens of Edo State to be law abiding as they go to the polls on Saturday.
“Our message is that everybody should be law abiding, nobody should take the laws in his hands; election is a process of choosing leaders, so people should learn to do it peacefully.”