The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Wednesday inaugurated the Zone 13 Nigeria Police Headquarters at Ukpo, near Awka in Anambra State.
Ukpo is in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the newly-created zone covers the three South East states of Ebonyi, Enugu and Anambra.
Ebonyi State was previously under Zone 6 in Calabar, while Enugu and Anambra States were under Zone 9, with headquarters in Umuahia, Abia State.
In a message read on his behalf by a Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Celestine Okoye, Adamu said in Ukpo that siting the zonal headquarters in Anambra State would boost the operations of the police in the South East.
He said the process of locating the zonal headquarters at Ukpo was not easy, thanking President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the community as zone 13 headquarters.
The IGP disclosed that the police authorities would soon inaugurate a Mobile Police Base in Nsugbe, Anambra East Local Government Area.
He commended Arthur Eze, an indigene of Ukpo, for his contributions toward the location of the zonal headquarters there.
Eze, a philanthropist, said he was thankful to Buhari and the police high command for their choice of his community as the headquarters of Zone 13.
He said: “Buhari has shown love and interest in the development of the South East since he took over as the nation’s president.
“He is currently rehabilitating the Enugu-Onitsha highway, constructing the 2nd Niger Bridge and has approved this new police zone 13 for our people.
“We cannot thank him enough, and as a leader from the zone, I must say that we the Igbo people are happy with President Buhari and will continue to support his people-oriented programmes.”
Eze, who later handed over the key of the complex to the Okoye, said policemen deployed to the zone would have a fruitful working experience.
A former Commissioner of Police in Enugu and Edo States, AIG Danmallam Mohammed, has since assumed duties as the pioneer officer in-charge of the new zone.
NAN reports that none of the three governors in the states under the zone was present at the inauguration ceremony attended by scores of traditional rulers, business executives and politicians from the three states in the zone.