Governor Fubara claimed on Friday that certain police personnel within the Rivers State Command were still functioning as Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) members, despite the federal government’s nationwide disbandment of the unit.
During a meeting with the Rivers Commissioner of Police, CP Nwoyi Emeka, at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the governor addressed the concerns raised by residents regarding an alleged covert SARS operation that involved the harassment, abuse, and extortion of individuals.
Governor Fubara emphasized the need for the new leader of the Rivers Police Command, CP Emeka, to promptly end such acts of impunity. He further urged CP Emeka to thoroughly investigate the citizens’ complaints, taking into account security considerations, as the people are directly affected during security breaches.
“Let your familiarity with Rivers security terrain be an advantage to effectively combat crime and criminalities in the State. I urge you to deploy your wealth of experience in fighting crime and insecurities in the State. “
Fubara received a briefing from CP Emeka, who informed him that during the past two weeks under his supervision, the efforts to combat criminal elements have been strong and yielded positive outcomes. CP Emeka assured Fubara that further significant progress can be made in ensuring a safer environment with increased support from the government and the communities in Rivers.
“My primary duty here is to tackle crime and criminality effectively. And to achieve this, all hands must be on deck as we seek the help of the Government of Rivers State and good spirited people of the State to achieve this”, he emphasised.