24th June 2022 | 2:16PM

Paschal Emeka, Abuja

The House of Representatives is seeking the construction of a Divisional Police Headquarters at Itigidi, Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State.

In a motion of urgent public importance, Hon. Alex Egbona Honorable member representing Abi\Yakurr Federal Constituency of Cross River State revealed that  Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State, with its headquarters at Itigidi, was created on 23 September 1991 from the former Ugep Local Government Area.

He further disclosed that Abi Local Government Area has ten Council Wards and is bound in the North and West by Ikwo and Afikpo Local Government Areas of Ebonyi State, to the South by Biase Local Government Area and to the North-East by Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River State respectively.

Hon. Egbona informed that when the Local Government Area was created, a Divisional Police Headquarter was established at Itigidi and Police Officers were deployed to maintain law and order in the area.

He added that the Divisional Police Headquarters has not been fully operational for 31 years due to lack of office accommodation and amenities for its smooth operations.

He recalled that between 2007 and 2010, the Local Government provided a sizable portion of land within the Council premises to the Police authority for building a Divisional Police Headquarters

However, the lawmaker noted that that despite the willingness of the Local Government to support the Nigeria Police Force operation in the area, there has been no commensurate response from the Police authorities and expressed concern that in the last ten years, the area has witnessed several violent attacks and kidnappings carried out by bandits and other criminals resulting in the loss of lives and properties worth billions of naira.

The lawmaker was hopeful that the construction of a Divisional Police Headquarters in Itigidi and provision of an enabling working environment for the personnel would curb the incessant attacks and address other security concerns in the area.

The House resolves to direct the Nigeria Police Force to ensure the immediate construction of a Divisional Police Headquarters at Itigidi in Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State and mandate the Committees on Police Affairs and Appropriations to include the construction of a Divisional Police Headquarters at Itigidi in Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State in the 2023 budget proposal.

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