The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Philip Ogbadu, on Monday said that morale was low as his men were afraid to put on their uniforms when he assumed office in January.
The CP stated that this was as a result of the #EndSAR protest which rocked the country last year.
Ogbadu said this on Monday in Benin when he received the National President, Police Officer Wives Association, Hajia Hajara Usman Baba Alkali and her entourage in hiss office.
He said: “As at the time we came in January, it was a difficult time in Edo as the effect of the #EndSAR protest in the state was still bitting hard. It was a very difficult time so much that the police were not wearing uniform and were no longer wearing uniform, they couldn’t go out for patrol, while moral was low.”
“We were also having as many as seven kidnapping and 10 robbery cases in a day but with the management team head by me and with the assistance of the IG, we were able to reclaim the public space.
“It took time and efforts to build the moral, discipline and confidence of officers to be able to come out to reclaim the public space with the support from the IGP and POWA,” he added.
The CP commended the POWA president for taking interest in Edo as well as the welfare and empowerment of officers wives as priority.
“With your motherly advice, we have commenced the construction of the police primary school at Etete division and environmental sanitation exercise at ogida barrack.”
On her part, Hajia Hajara Usman Baba Alkali, said POWA’s visit was to give a voice to the officers, men of the state command and wives of the police.
She said her agenda as POWA’s president is education, welfare and health of wives of police officers.
“We came out to empower widows of fallen heroes and let them know that they are not alone. It is encouraging knowing that their services to the nation will not go unrewarded as their wives and children are well adequately catered for.
“The police deserve spiritual and moral support from the federal government, families and the public at large,” she added.