The Oasis Reporters
January 1, 2019
By Moses Gbande, Jos
Plateau State Police Commissioner, Austin I. Agbonlahor says he is overwhelmed with the cooperation accorded him by practicing journalists since his assumption of office as the Commissioner of Police in October 2018.
He said the cordial relationship he enjoys has raised his hopes and courage to create a platform for interacting closely with journalists in the State with a view to charting ways towards sustaining the relationship.
The Commissioner who disclosed this during a get-together party with Senior Police Officers and media practitioners in the state held at the Officers Mess in Jos, the state capital.
His decision to organize the end of the year party for the journalists was to show his token of appreciation to them as they have been good to him and to equally solicit for their sustainable collaboration.
“Since I assumed office in October this year, journalists in this state have been kind to me and what is happening today is evidence that we enjoyed a cordial relationship and we call you to encourage you to do more.
“We indeed commend you for publishing our successes most especially, some of the releases we issued for the restrictions of and ban on the use of knockouts. I want to tell you that the restrictions were complied with, leading to a successful Christmas celebration”.
Austin Agbonlahor added that the Command adopted new strategies to ensuring that the 2019 New year records a hitch-free celebration.
He however appeals to men of the Pen Profession to be fair in reporting security issues, promising that he is ever ready to respond to any issue to the press directly or through the Police Public Relations Officer to avoid the release of misleading information to the public.
Responding the Plateau State Chairman of the Nigeria Union Of Journalists, NUJ Comrade Paul Jatau commended the Commissioner of Police for finding journalists as worthy partners and assures Commissioner Agbonlahor of the firm commitment of journalists at adhering to the ethics of the profession.
The event was climaxed with a dancing competition between Divisional Police Officers (DPO’s) and Correspondents which saw Marie-Therese Nanlong of the Vanguard Newspapers emerging the best dancer of the year to cart home a prize of N10,000.00.