By Stephanie Ikanone Odiete
The faces of residents in Sapele beamed with joy over the commissioning of the Office Complex of the Nigeria Police, Sapele Area Command, built by Sapele-Okpe Community in Delta State
The officiak commissioning was done on Thursday, August 26, 2021, by the Inspector General Of Police, IGP Alkali Baba Usman who was ably represented by the Commissioner Of Police, Delta State, CP Ari Muhammed Ali.
The commissioning is coming several months after the area command complex was completed and ready for use.
Speaking, CP Ari Muhammed Ali, said the Area Command Headquarters will be put to judicious use to curb criminal activities and other social vices that are inimical to the growth and development of the town.
He reiterated that security and securing of lives and property was a collective business that could only be achieved through collective efforts as security is paramount in our lives.
Continuing, he thanked the Okpe/Sapele Community for their effort to build and present the edifice to the Delta State Police Command, saying this will provide police high visibility in Sapele, Orerokpe, Koko, Abraka, Oghara, Jesse, Mosogar and environs.
According to him, the building of the Nigeria Police Area Command Headquarters by the Okpe/Sapele Community shows that security takes precedence in their scale of preference
Dr Patrick Akamovba, Chairman of Sapele Okpe Community in his speech said that the station was built to enhance security of lives and property in Sapele and its environs, noting that security is important to all.
He thanked His Royal Majesty, Major General Felix Mujakperuo Rtd CFR, Mni, Orhue 1, Chief Ede Dafinone and other Okpe leaders for their immense contributions to the project, expressing determination and commitment towards transforming the area through projects that have a direct impact on their lives.
The Orodje of Okpe His Royal Majesty Major General Felix Mujakperuo (Rtd), CFR, Mni, Orhue 1 who spoke in the same vein said that there was need to establish another police station in the locality to curb crime, noting that the only police station in the town was built before Independence, hence the need for a new one.
On his part, Chief Eugene Inoaghan, Chairman, Sapele Local Government Area, who spoke during the commissioning ceremony said that the Area Command Headquarters was built to serve Sapele, Oghara, Jesse, Mosogar, Koko, Orerokpe and environs.
He thanked the IGP for giving approval to build the Area Command Headquarters in Sapele, while stating that security was paramount for every local government area.
He further reiterated that the local government will work in synergy with the police and other security agencies to help curb crime in the community.
Chief Felix Anirah, Member, Representing Sapele Constituency at the Delta State House of Assembly who was also on ground to witness the ceremony, commended the community Chairman, Dr Patrick Akamovba for the project, saying that he has done well.
He called on others to contribute their quota towards making Sapele safe.
Those who were on ground to witness the ceremony include Chief Barr Kingsley Esiso, Chief Charles Ufuoma Obule, Chief Ede Dafinone, Archbishop Godday Iboyi, Hon Bright Abeke, Hon Nelson Owoso Oghenedoro, Hon Smart Yomi Asekutu, Chief Benson Okorodudu and Lady Joyce Jemirheri.
Others are MD Seplat West Limited, Mr Foloruso Afolabi, Okabie Emmanuel (NPDC) Nigeria Petroleum Development Company, Hon Richard Ogirisen, Hon Peter Eferurie Adjemiyotan, Hon Jimmy Eta, Hon Nasiru Ado, Hon Churchill Ayomanor and a host of other dignitaries.
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