Kudos to the Akwa Ibom State Police Command for the huge breakthrough in taming criminal activities with arrest of robbery suspects who have been terrorizing Uyo and its environment.
From the arrest of car snatchers to a gang that specializes in breaking Automated Teller Machines (ATM) at banks as well as suspected murderers and cultists, these breakthroughs add feathers to the cap of the police command.
It can be recalled that in recent times, Uyo and some parts of the State have been attacked repeatedly by criminals armed with sophisticated weapons. Armed robbers and unscrupulous tricycle operators have left tales on the lips many residents of the State; cultists in public schools within have added salt to the wounds.
The ability of the police command led by CP Amiengheme Andrew, deserves commendation.
However, we are concerned that many other parts of the State like Ibesikpo Asutan, Etim Ekpo, Ikot Ekpene, Essien Udim, Itu, Ibiono Ibom, Oron, Mbo, Eket, Esit Eket, Obot Akara and Ini local government areas are still unsafe. Cultists are having a field day choking the life of others.
We call on the police command and other security agencies in the State to extend their dragnets to these areas and get rid of these criminals. This can also be done through a serious and well equipped community policing body.
Again, we call for diligent prosecution of the criminals arrested so that they can be sent to where they belong. A situation where criminals are arrested with substantial pieces of evidence but due to lack of diligent prosecution they are released back to the society to continue in their nefarious activities is defeatist.
They law against cultism in the state should be enforced.