The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Don Awunah, has hinted that the State is currently ranked the lowest in terms of crime index in the country with the state government under the leadership of Mr Udom Emmanuel, providing over 70 per cent of the patrol vehicles including other logistics.

According to him, for effective policing, the state, local governments, divisions and communities have been sectorised with each of the sector headed by a dedicated police officer.

To achieve this, the state police boss said the command is adopting four basic principles to combat crime namely: preventive techniques, response rate, detective rate and clearance rate.

Briefing newsmen in his office on Wednesday, Awunah said there is also a solid crime preventive network and patrol system being implemented in the state including Quick Response Squad (QRS), Eagles Patrol system, Safe Golf, Aduman and Rapid Respond Unit (RRU).

He equally linked the success recorded in effective tackling of crimes in the state to the input and collaboration of all stakeholders, stressing that the issue bordering on crimes must not be politicised.

But despite the lowest position on the crime index of Nigeria, the Akwa Ibom State police boss said they are battling arms against over 40 dead­ly cult groups threatening the peace and security of major towns in the state.

According to the police boss, intelligence reports indicate that over 40 cult groups were operating in the state, and that the deadly groups have high profile persons in the state as members

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