The new Delta State Police Commissioner, Mr. Ari Mohammed Ali, on 18th March 2021 paid a courtesy visit to the headquarters of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), where he requested for

urgent assistance for the provision of operational vehicles for his Command in order to curtail criminal activities and to cope with adequate patrolling in the State.


Mr. Ali said that he came on the visit to familiarize himself, not only with the MD/CEO but also to interface with the entire management and staff of the Commission, on the need to seek for collaborative initiative of providing assistance to the police.

According to him, “As you are aware, policing today has gone beyond the era of the one-man show; it is a collective affair. Policing as a matter of fact has become involved with the community. That is to say that policing cannot be done today without collaborative efforts, without synergy and without a symbiotic relationship with other members of the public and corporate bodies like DESOPADEC.”

He said that the Police Command had many areas of needs and that he wanted DESOPADEC to come to its aid, especially in the rehabilitation of dilapidated buildings in Warri Area Command and provision of operational vehicles for effective patrolling, in order to take security to the highest level in the State.


Responding, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, DESOPADEC, Bashorun Askia Ogieh, informed the Police Commissioner, Mr. Ali, that DESOPADEC has had a robust relationship with the Police Command over the years which, according to him has culminated in having a standing police unit in DESOPADEC that has been most effective in the provision of adequate security in the Commission.


While emphasizing the need to sustain and further grow that robust relationship, the DESOPADEC helmsman promised to ensure that the Police Commissioner’s request for operational vehicles and other needs would be adequately addressed by the Commission, once the issue of oil glut in the economy and the covid-19 imbroglio are resolved.

In his words, “Your visit is one of a kind, because of the warm cordial relationship we have enjoyed over the years. Our collaboration with the Police Command has been there over the years, with a signature of DESOPADEC existing in the Police Headquarters, in Asaba.

“We will grow it further by setting the machinery in motion, to begin the building of the Police Commissioner’s residence, in no distant time.”


Bashorun Ogieh used the opportunity of the visit to enjoin and encourage everyone to take the covid-19 vaccine, which according to him, has been most effective. He commended the Police Commissioner and his team for reducing the crime rate in the State.


The Police Commissioner also used the opportunity of his visit to present an award of excellence to the MD/CEO.


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