Ekureku community in Abi Local Government Area which is one of the few boarder communities in Nigeria without a police station, yesterday rejoiced when the State House of Assembly Speaker offered to them one of BoarderCom’s building in the area for a Police Station.
The building which was built and commissioned by former governor, Sen. Liyel Imoke in 2011 and entrusted to BoarderCom Nigeria was later intended to be used for a police station but has not been… for a reason that there was yet to be a formal handing over.
Accordingly, Ekureku community has endured poor or no community policing due to the absence of a police station despite being a community linking Ebonyi State with Cross River State.
Upon an appeal on the desk of The Speaker, Rt. Hon. John Gaul on Monday this week, the BoarderCom building was, yesterday, officially handed to the Nigeria Police, Abi District Command.
On the occasion of the handing over, the Speaker said that plans were already in the pipeline to giving the building a face-lift which will depict the colour decoration of the Nigeria Police Force; erecting a fence round the building; providing a sign post, water, power and any other amenity they will need for effective policing.
Commending men of the Ekureku Vigilante Squad which has been responsible for policing services in the area, the Divisional Police Officer of the District, DSP Johnson A. said that but not for the squad, the Ekureku people would not have had any taste of community policing while stating that the Area Commandant in liaison with the State Commissioner of Police would, by end of the training currently ongoing in the force, furnish the station with the required armed men.