The Akwa Ibom Commissioner of Police, Mr. Murtala Mani has cautioned Police Officers who are in the habit of harassing newsmen performing their legitimate duties to desist forthwith

The Akwa Ibom Commissioner of Police, Mr. Murtala Mani has cautioned Police Officers who are in the habit of harassing newsmen performing their legitimate duties to desist forthwith.
According to the Police Commissioner, the Command will not hesitate to take disciplinary action against any officer for unruly behavior and intimidation of journalists for no reason.
The Commissioner of Police gave the warning while intervening in what the Command referred to as “unfortunate incident” between a Police Officer at Ibesikpo Asutan and the state Correspondent of the Punch Newspaper Mr. Etim Effiong Ekpimah.
The Punch Correspondent was said to have visited an accident scene to take photographs and obtain further details of the accident before he was accosted by the said Police personnel and kept behind bars at the Ibesikpo Asutan Police station.
The Commissioner of Police who spoke through the Police Public Relations Officer, Cordelia Nwawe described the incident as unacceptable, pointing out that the Police and the Press are partners in the quest for peace and stability in the state.
He stressed that the Police Command under his watch will not tolerate further acts of indiscipline from any Police Officer against newsmen and described the press as an indispensable organ in a civilized society.
The Police Commissioner emphasized that the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase had cautioned Policemen in all the Commands to be civil in the discharge of their duties to the public especially the press.
The Police Boss stated that with the transformational Police system taking place in the country, his Command will continue to train and retrain Police Officers to update them on the requirement of their duties.
Mr. Mani expressed the hope that the media will continue to partner the Police and work as a team for the maintenance of peace and order in the state.
Narrating his ordeal, the Punch Correspondent, Mr. Etim Ekpimah said he was taking shots of an accident scene when the said Policeman came harassing him even when he had duly identified himself as the Punch Newspaper Correspondent in the state.
He said the Policeman collected his phones and put him behind bars at the Police station in Ibesikpo for no just cause before the intervention of the Commissioner of Police.

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