By Benson Ezugwu
Calabar – The Commander of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) in Cross River, Mr Victor Usang, has appealed for cooperation from journalists in the state in fighting crime.
Usang made the appeal on Friday in Calabar when he paid a courtesy visit to the Chairman of the State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr Victor Udu, at the council secretariat.
The F-SARS commander said he was in the NUJ secretariat in the belief that security was the responsibility of everybody, nothing that community policing was the best way of fighting crime.
“Since my assumption of office in the state, I have visited many organisations but I think NUJ is the most important partner in our efforts in fighting crime in Cross River.
“I belief that security is the responsibility of everybody rather than few. I therefore appeal to journalists in the state to work with us in our effort to reduce crimes,’’ he said.
According to him, there is increase in crime across the state and this calls for synergy among sister organisations and between the police and strategic professional groups like the NUJ.
“Incidentally, Cross River is right now faced with rising crime wave such as kidnapping, cultism and armed robbery.
“It is our duty to reduce the crime rate to the barest minimum. We need the cooperation of all, particularly the media,’’ he said.
Responding, the NUJ chairman said that F-SARS owed it a duty to protect lives and property as well as ensure peace in the state.
Udu called on the commander to work within the confines of the law while discharging his duties in the state.
“Cross River needs peace and it is your duty to provide them with this peace.
“So, I encourage you to do that2 and assure you that journalists in the state will work with you when necessary, to achieve the desired result,” he said. (NAN)