ACP Odion Ekeinde, the Area Commander, Umuahia Central Police Station (CPS), has advised all the Divisional Police Officers to form strong collaboration with hunters in the area to effectively tackle kidnapping and other violent crimes.
Ekeinde gave the advice on Thursday in Umuahia during a town hall meeting he convened on how to combat the rising crime wave in the area with major stakeholders in the area.
He said that hunters had good knowledge of their environments, especially the bushes and forests where kidnapped victims were usually taken into custody.
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He expressed the hope that hunters would be veritable sources of useful information on kidnappers dens and hideouts in the area.
“We have instances where hunters assisted the police with intelligence report that helped to rescue kidnapped victims.
“I therefore urge the hunters in this area to go into the bush and forest and assist in gathering information about where kidnapped victims are being held.
“You should give us the information immediately so that we can move in to rescue the victims,” the area commander said.
He urged the DPOs to show understanding with the hunters, saying that they were popular with dane guns.
Ekeinde further called for greater collaboration between DPOs and traditional rulers in their areas of jurisdiction, if they hoped to succeed. He said that the monarchs had full knowledge about crime and criminals in their respective domains.
“I want you to assist me to succeed, I will cooperate with all of you to move this area forward. Give me information through calls and short message service (SMS),” he told the traditional rulers.
He, however, warned that such information should not be for witchunting of their enemies but about crimes that were committed or about to be committed.