The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Akwa Ibom State Branch has urged the Akwa Ibom State Police Command to always obey Court Orders to the later in line with the principle of rule of law.
The State Chairman of CLO, Otuekong Franklyn Isong, made the call on Friday, October 2, 2020, when he led the executive members of the body on an advocacy/familiarity visit to the newly posted Commissioner of Police, CP Andrew Amiengheme, at Ikot Akpanabia, Uyo, the Akwa Ibom Sate Capital.
Comrade Isong said that the call became expedient following several petitions and complaints CLO has received from members of the public on reported cases of flouting of Court Orders by officers and men of the State Police Command recently, adding that such action if not checked, would give a bad image of the Police which is a law enforcement agency.
The CLO boss commended the Commissioner of Police for repositioning the Command within his short period of assumption of duties and urged him to maintain the tempo in ensuring peace, safety and security in Akwa Ibom State.
According to the human rights activist; “We appreciate the fact that you have repositioned Akwa Ibom State Police Command. Before you came in as the CP, CLO submitted a petition to the former CP few days before he was redeployed. Our petition centered on the continuous disobedience to Court Orders by Akwa Ibom State Police Command. The Police under the watch of your immediate past predecessor did not obey Court Orders and operating against the rule of law. CLO was about addressing a Press Conference against the CP on this matter before we heard of his redeployment from the State.
“We thank you for resolving some of the outstanding issues immediately you came in. CP you would recall that few days of your arrival in the State, I paid you a visit and brought some of these issues to your attention and before me, you promptly addressed them.
CLO is here to partner with you and the Police to see how we can make our State safe for all,” Franklyn Isong asserted.
Responding, the Akwa Ibom State Police Commissioner, Mr. Andrew Amiengheme, noted that he inherited the petitions about the alleged violation of Court Orders by his men in the Command, saying that he did all within his powers to address the issues.
CP Amiengheme who promised to ensure that human rights and liberty of Akwa Ibom people and residents are protected, called for cooperation from CLO and members of the public.
“The Police are expected to work with the people directly in maintaining peace and order. I will not take kindly any issue of human rights abuse and abuse of liberty of members of the public, but, I want the CLO and the good people of Akwa Ibom to have mutual cooperation with Police because security is everybody’s business.
“As for the violation of Court Orders, I inherited the cases. I did my best to ensure that I quickly resolved some of these issues. I want to assure CLO that we must always obey Court Orders to the later. Laws are very important, you cannot enforce the law, if you do not obey the law. We shall always seek the advise of our legal department to ensure we conform as we should.
“But you should not use the mistakes of one or two persons in the Police force to judge the good ones among us, because in every 12 there is a Judas. Give us the benefit of the doubt and I want CLO to always inform us early enough before things go bad,” CP Andrew Amiengheme said.