By G9ija

The new Commissioner of Police for Abia State, Mustapha Bala, formally assumed duty on Friday.

The new CP took over from Janet Agbede, who was recently promoted to an Assistant Inspector-General of Police.

Agbede has been posted to the Police Staff College, Jos.

In an interview with newsmen, the new police boss charged officers and men of the command to double their efforts toward crime reduction in the state.

Bala urged them to shun acts capable of putting the command in bad light before members of the public.

He promised that the command under his watch would give priority attention to their welfare in order to get the best of them.

Bala also promised to sustain the collaboration between the command and sister security agencies to ensure adequate security for lives and property of residents.

He assured them that he would initiate proactive steps to tackle banditry and kidnapping in the state, especially around the Umunneochi axis of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway.

“I want to assure you that security would be beefed up around the flashpoints for banditry and kidnapping,” Bala said.

He advised criminal elements in the state to relocate or be prepared to be decimated by his crack team.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Bala was among the 43 Senior Police Officers recently promoted to the rank of Commissioners of Police by the Police Service Commission based on the recommendation of the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba.