The Nigeria Police Force, Nasarawa State Commandant, said it will partner the Nasarawa State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on crime prevention.
Bola Longe, Commissioner of Police (CP) in the state, stated this on Monday in Lafia while he received the state officials of NUJ on a familiarization visit.
Similarly, during a visit to the state Headquarters of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Commandant, Abbas Mohammed, promised to work closely with journalists to tackle criminal elements in the state.
According to them, the importance of the media towards the development of all the sectors of the economy including security cannot be ignored hence the need for the partnership.
Bola Longe, who had been promoted recently to Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), said he has enjoyed a cordial relationship with journalists since he was posted to the state as CP in 2019.
He said that journalists were always there reporting the feats achieved by the Police and other security agencies toward tackling crime and they would forever remained grateful to them.
The newly promoted AIG who is awaiting his next deployment by the Inspector General of Police (IG), also lauded Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State for his support throughout this period to the police in their fight against crime.
On his part, Commandant of NSCDC in the state said journalists are critical stakeholders in crime prevention, control and exposing the activities of criminal elements in any society.
Responding to the request by Salihu Mohammed-Alkali, NUJ Chairman in the state, the Commissioner of Police therefore promised to deploy two armed Police personel to protect the NUJ Press Centre in Lafia.
Mohammed-Alkali, the NUJ Chairman, commended the two security outfits for their relentless efforts toward tackling criminality in the state, which according to him as yeilded positive results.