The Governor of Abia State, Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu haa inaugurated a Crime Prevention and Management System (CPAMS) as part of government’s efforts to improve policing and effectively tackle criminality in the state.
Speaking at the event in Umuahia, Ikpeazu said the initiative was introduced to provide solution to issues of criminality in Abia.
Governor Ikpeazu described CPAMS as a programme that offered a platform for digital transferable information for effective policing.
He said that the Nigeria police had an arduous task of tackling crime, adding that the system was structured to provide a better way of identifying criminals.
He said the system would promote proactive policing by placing security agents “a step ahead of criminals”.
He said that another advantage of the system was the aspect of community participation as the citizenry could report crime through the CPAMS mobile app.
The Governor who enjoined citizenry to be part of effective policing for improved security, also reiterated the state government’s efforts to make Abia the safest state in Nigeria as well as create the right environment for the promotion of socio-economic development.
In a remark, the Commissioner for Homeland Security, Mr Dan Okoli, said the ministry was working in line with the state government’s agenda to bring crime level to zero.
Okoli expressed delight over the government’s approval for the recruitment of 486 youths in the ministry.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Janet Agbede, said that modern security system had become necessary in view of the dynamism in criminality across the nation.
Mrs. Agbede who described the initiative as noble and in tandem with the vision of the police to advance the frontiers of community policing across the country, said with effective implementation of the new security system, crime in the state will soon be a thing of the past.
On his part, The Coordinator of CPAMS, Mr Endi Ezengwa, said the programme was designed to launch the state into a 21st Century system of crime detection and prevention platform.
Mr. Ezengwa appealed for the support of stakeholders to ensure the success and effective deployment of the programme in the state.
A major highlight of the event was a demonstration of the operation of the system by the CPAMS team, comprising the police and operatives of Homeland Security Watch.