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Many years ago, while organizing a self reliance local trade fair in Umuahia today's Abia state capital, I met a top police officer who throughout our stay in Umuahia for the event, demonstrated incorruptibility in every respect. Indeed, he did. On our return to Imo State, I had the opportunity to engage a group of journalists in a professional conversation.

Many years ago, while organizing a self reliance local trade fair in Umuahia today's Abia state capital, I met a top police officer who throughout our stay in Umuahia for the event, demonstrated incorruptibility in every respect. Indeed, he did. On our return to Imo State, I had the opportunity to engage a group of journalists in a professional conversation.

I narrated to them my experience of one top police officer. Many of them gave reasons for his exhibiting such behaviour, while others doubted that today in the Nigerian Police that there are many of them out there who are not corrupt. But I stood firm.
Yes, today in our so corrupt society, and in every facet of the society, there are many honest people and many who have held their pride and integrity still very high. Many Nigerians would not believe that today there are many incorruptible police men and women, that there are no honest customs officers, Immigration officers, Roads Safety Personnel or that there are many good and honest university Lectures who would not be involved in sorting or “prostituting grades.”
In fact, I want to recall what the late Ezeogo of Uwana once told me in his Palace while I was visiting as a State Director of MAMSER. He said, “There are many honest Nigerians but the problem is how to find them and appoint them to important offices in the country. “Besides, he gave us a very good advice. “that we should never rush or hurry.” those who hurry into mistakes and those who rush sometimes rush into danger.” Of course, those of us today who knew him could still remember that he was an embodiment of wisdom, wit and had a dossier of life experiences.
Therefore, it is important that we as members of the society should not condemn people collectively or write off any group, organizations or individuals as corrupt, rotten or worthless. No, absolutely no.
Every emerging society encounters a lot of challenges in the process of societal development. But because we are too anxious in our drive to achieve a lot in life, we do not take time to rationalize issues as they unfold.
For example, while rounding off my doctorate studies in the US many years ago, I reported to my PHD Director of numerous political incidents of bribery, corruption, ballot stuffing etc. he shocked me by telling me that he observed that many years ago, American politicians used to give bottles of gins, tobacco, cartons of beef etc in exchange for votes at elections, adding that “your people's problem is that they are too much in a hurry. Before long, all these phases would go by.” I used to reflect over what he told me. Then I reflected over what he told me.
Thus, the thesis of this analysis is to draw the attention of members of Imo State nay Nigerians that today, we find it difficult to appreciate the exploits and achievements    of some members of the Nigeria police. We are too quick to condemn instead of commending them when they have done some marvelous jobs serving the society including putting their lives on line. is it not necessary to understand that once we give them credit for their accomplishments, they would be encouraged and determined to do more?
For example, let us focus our minds on the security situation in Imo State before the arrival of the current commissioner of police of Imo State. Those of us in the society with observable minds and instincts would realize that he and his men have been doing a lot to improve the security situation in the state and beyond since he arrived. Few examples would suffice, if only to buttress this line of thinking.
Not quiet long ago, a catholic priest was murdered in cold blood by some young armed robbers. It was a gruesome murder which turned the entire state into a general mourning. The murder of Rev Fr Cyriacus Onunkwo presented a hyper acid test for the new CP. To the greatest admiration of members of the public, the riddle was solved and the suspects were arrested.
Furthermore, following that incident, a number of kidnappers were arrested for kidnapping a popular gospel singer, Prince Chinedu Nwadike. Still, not resting on their oars of successes, the CP Chris Ejike and his gallant men and women quickly arrested suspected kidnappers of Johnbosco Okoro and Njoku Mathias Emeka. What is more, on 28th September, some daring day-devilled armed robbers attacked Zenith Bank PLC on Wetheral Road Owerri.
When they thought that they had succeeded in their nefarious action, the CP and his team were on them and got them arrested.
Similarly, in the month of August this year, the CP equally did a successful arrest of armed robbers, operating with a tricycle were nabbed on 8th August.
Apart from the above mentioned successful arrests of suspects, there were other successful exploits of arrests of different criminals including that of the arrest of Onyedikachi Iyaka, a suspected terrorist. An armed robber from whom series of assorted caliber of ammunition were recovered. And the arrest of a suspect that kidnapped and murdered Gabriel Alaukwu and Iniobong Sunday.
In addition, the Imo State police command has through excellent intelligence and prompt actions has continued to make it difficult  if not  impossible  for those who do not  wish the society to have rest  have been  kept on the  run including clearing the infamous spots on Douglas road where different criminals operated with ease before.
From the above few instances, it could be seen that the newly posted CP to the State and his men are taking the battle to the territory of the enemies of the society. Therefore, they should be commended for their exploits which will eventually encourage and strengthen them.
There is no doubt that there are few bad eggs in the police, by and large, there are many others who are committed in serving their fatherland with commitment, determination and clean mind and spirit.
After all, one may ask, these Nigeria Police which we condemn here at home are they not the same crop of Nigerian Police who have been receiving commendations once they go on overseas assignments?
May be, their bad image is societal and not due to the fact that they are indeed bad as such. We must begin to appreciate the Police and this may give them new image. Definitely, what one calls one's dog is what that dog will be known.
Let us give our police new name and new perception. Definitely, this will go a long way in making them to strive to maintain such image because of their exploits and the new public perception of them. In fact, CP Imo State must be commended and this of course will encourage him to do more for the society.

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