The Abia State commissioner of Police, Kenechukwu Onwuemelie has commended the activeness of members of the Abia state chapter of the Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria, OMPAN.

This is even as OMPAN has assured to support the police in its fight against crime in the state.

CP Kenechukwu gave the assurance on Monday during a courtesy visit by some members of OMPAN at the Abia State Police Command Headquarters in Umuahia, Abia State.

CP Kenechukwu commended the media activeness of members of the Abia state chapter of the online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria, OMPAN.

While commending OMPAN, CP Kenechukwu also advised that OMPAN should use the online edge to maintain factual reportage, professionalism and stand firm as the watchdog of the society as “it will be to the advantage OMPAN members especially in the use of the online media which is now referred to as new media”.

“It is for your own advantage because you are the ones who truly speak for the people. In many cases, news coming from your platforms actually makes a wider audience. The mainstream media has also recognized the importance of this, some of them now have segments dedicated to online media, so nobody can play down on your importance.” CP Kenechukwu said.

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CP Kenechukwu welcomed OMPAN partnership for better information gathering, dissemination and policing of Abia State in order to keep Abia more safer for the citizens.

“You are not taking your job likely and I like it, we need to be up on our toes. I’m also happy that you know that we need to be partners. Let’s also know that the bottom line is the benefit of the people. I assure you of our support and continued collaboration.” CP Kenechukwu said.

OMPAN chairman Chief Promise Uzoma Okoro in his speech said OMPAN members are in his office for familiarization, fight against fake news, crime and criminality in the state. He also appreciated the leadership nature of the CP which has amounted to relative peace in the state as OMPAN is happy to be part of his career success story.

“You cannot joke with the online media because there’s no editorial bottlenecks. We want to tell you that we are happy with the way you are administering the Police Command in Abia state and we want to be partners in progress, we want to help you fight fake news. We will continue to support the police.” Promise said.

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Chief Promise also assured the CP of the credibility and professionalism of OMPAN members especially with the revalidation exercise carried out recently by his administration for improved data banking of OMPAN members.

The OMPAN chairman also commended the media friendly nature of CP Kenechukwu and applauded the arrest of kidnap suspects who kidnapped. Professor Godwin Emezie, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Abia State University in February. And the arrest of a student who shot down a student in Abia State University. He commended the peaceful intervention and resolution on the issue of the invasion of the office of an OMPAN member, Ifeanyi Okali (ABN office) in Umuahia by some policemen in January during a live program while enforcing an arrest on a reported case.

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