FROM: PAUL ORUDE, BAUCHI
The Bauchi State Police Commissioner, Mr. Sanusi Lemu, has praised the relationship between the police and the media in the state, describing it as professional and full of mutual respect and maturity.
Lemu gave this indication, on Wednesday, when the leadership of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Bauchi State Council, led by its Chairman, Ibrahim Mallam Goje, paid a courtesy call on the CP in his office.
The police boss said he had worked in Kaduna, Kano, Yobe states among other places in the country, but cordial relationship between police and the media in Bauchi was one of the best in his career as a police officer.
“The relationship has been fantastic since I resumed. Please let us continue with the cooperation. We have schedule duties, and sometimes we have frictions, but so far so good there is mutual understanding between the police and journalists in the state. I am happy with the mature way we are relating,” he said.
Lemu, however, assured that the command would continue to improve on the relationship, stressing that the police cannot operate successfully without the media as it is “journalists that showcase whatever activities or achievements recorded by the police”
The Commissioner of Police expressed gratitude that the 57th Independence anniversary was marked without any recorded cases of breakdown of law and order in any part of the state.
He therefore appealed to the NUJ in the state to continue to partner with the command to ensure that crime and criminals were flushed out of the state.
Earlier in his remark, Mallam Goje, explained that the visit was to assure the police commissioner and his team of the support of the NUJ to rid the state of crime.
“Journalists in the state have contributed to the safety of lives and property in the state because of the professional ways they have been conducting their work and we will continue to partner with the police to make the state as peaceful as it should be,” the NUJ Chairman said.
Mallam Goje who was in company with members of the NUJ Executive council and some members of the council during the courtesy visit, commended the commitment and dedication of the CP.
“We have observed with happiness the way you have been leading the command to fight and prevent crime. I can assure you that the doors of the NUJ are opened and whenever you need our assistance to enhance the performance of your job, we will always be there for you,” he said.