CROSS RIVER, Nigeria – The new Commissioner of Police, CP Nkereuwem A. Akpan has assumed duty in Cross River State.
He took over from Austin Agbonlahor who was promoted to AIG. Nkereuwem Akpan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State
In an interactive session with Journalists in his office in Calabar on Wednesday, the new commissioner said that one of his cardinal objectives was to curb the activities of criminals in the state.
He said he will encourage community policing, “I will encourage town hall meetings, wards to local government area meetings, area commands, traditional rulers, heads of communities, etc to support the police.
“These groups can trace the origin of crimes and criminal hideouts” and called on journalists and various groups to join hands with the police in the area of giving timely information that can help the police to curb criminal activities in the state.
Akpan regretted, that because our value systems have been eroded so badly, the society no longer checks youths activities. He called on parents to educate and check the activities of their wards, particularly during this yuletide season so as to reduce all sorts of vices.
He advised criminals to keep off Cross River because according to him, he will trace them to all nooks and crannies of the state.