Police to partner journalist in intelligent gathering – Enugu CP

Police to partner journalist in intelligent gathering – Enugu CP

By Larry Onwuta

Enugu State Police Commissioner, Mr. Danmallam Mohammed has emphasized then need for Nigeria police to work in collaboration with the media and as well tap into the intelligence gathering capacity of journalists in order to enhance it’s efficiency in unearthing crime in the society.

Mr. Danmallam Mohammed stated this in his office while receiving the South East executives of the National Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, led by the group’s Vice President, Comrade Chibota Edozie, who paid him a courtesy visit, yesterday.

Danmallam who restated his commitment to work with the group and to forge a strong relationship with them insisted that Journalism was a recognized profession globally because of its socializing power and its potency in educating the public.

“Today’s journalists have a way of unearthing corruption and other social vices in a manner that one will begin to wonder if they are police officers. This points to the fact that the police must work closely with journalists in intelligence gathering to unravel high profile cases.

“The role of journalists in the society cannot be underestimated because they educate the people. You make people aware of their security. That is where you are related to the Police.

“We are ready to work with you in your programmes and also ask that you assist us in sharing information on different issues. We will partner with you to battle crime in the state,” he assured.

In her address, the Vice President of NAWOJ,  South East, Comrade Chibota Edozie, thanked the commissioner for his warm reception and commended him for his efforts in tackling crime in Enugu State.

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“Let me first commend you and your officers and men for the good work you are doing in Enugu State. Since your resumption as the commissioner of police, crime and criminality have greatly reduced in the state.

“Case in hand is the swift rescue of the former Ohanaeze Ndigbo Secretary and former Commissioner for Education, Mr Nduka Eya from the hands of abductors,” she said.

She further intimated the commissioner on what the group aims to achieve and other programmes initiated under her leadership and pleaded for support from the state police command to succeed.

“I deem it necessary to fraternize with you knowing full well that police and journalists are partners in fighting crime and making the society better. I will always count on you and your men anytime we need assistance for our events.

“My mission is to ensure a better welfare of members of NAWOJ in the South East. I have plans to organize seminars and workshops for members with a view to enhancing their capacity in journalism.

“We also intend to embark on a summit for women in the zone. We intend to partner with Police Officers Wives Association, POWA, in some programmes like enlightenment on sickle cell anemia and the need for exclusive breast feeding,” she concluded.

Also speaking at the event,  the immediate past Vice President and a National Officer of the group, Comrade Chieso Aninwagwa appreciated the commissioner for his professionalism since his assumption of office in Enugu and described him as “an administrator who is at the right place at the right time.”

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She however pleaded with journalists to always report news in a way that will ensure peace and unity and not in a manner that will lead to chaos.

“Journalists should publish stories that will further unite the course of the country and not stories of disunity. We promise to work with dedication and diligence in partnership with the police,” she said.

The courtesy call on the Police Chief is a part of a series of high profile visits by the newly elected zonal executives of the association to prominent personalities and institutions aimed at enhancing the welfare of women journalists in the zone.



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