Delta Govt To Launch New Security Outfit

Delta Govt To Launch New Security Outfit


Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has said that the state’s security outfit, ‘Operation Delta Hawk’, created to tackle kidnapping and other violent crimes, including farmers-herders’ clashes, would commence operations before Christmas.

The governor, who disclosed this on Tuesday at a meeting with traditional rulers and religious leaders in Asaba, said establishing the outfit took a while because he wanted to ensure that everything was in place.

He said that necessary operational equipment required to enable it tackle carry out its mandate had been procured and that it would work closely with vigilante groups across wards and communities to discharge its responsibilities.

“The team has already been selected and trained and we have been able to get men on ground to participate.

We are in the process of concluding installation of the communication equipment; the mast is already being provided and by the time we are able to complete the installation, then we can truly start’’, he said.

Gov. Okowa also briefed the stakeholders on the activities that took place in the state during the ENDSARS protests and thanked traditional rulers for their roles in community development.

He disclosed that a presidential delegation, led by Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff to President Buhari, would be meeting with South-South stakeholders on Friday in Port Harcourt.

According to him, the state had already constituted a delegation, comprising two traditional rulers, one religious leader, two youths and two women, to attend the meeting.

He recalled that issues of illegal detention, police brutality and death of youths triggered the recent protests which emanated from Ughelli and Lagos.

“A lot of other issues came up with the protests and we thank God for helping us to control the process.

“The destructions that took place in Asaba were orchestrated by people who infiltrated the state from neighbouring states, and from our intelligence reports, we have them in all urban centres in the state’’, he said.

He urged Traditional rulers to be vigilant and help government fish out the leaders of the perpetrators, following the destructions they caused in Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Cross River and in Edo, where they even freed prisoners.

Dr Emmanuel Efeizomor II, Chairman, Delta State Traditional Rulers Council and the Obi of Owa Kingdom; Orodje of Okpe, Orhue I, and the Olu of Warri, Ikenwoli Emiko, who spoke at the meeting, called for the restructuring of the country for overall development.

They added that it was the failure of the country to restructure that was to blame for its backwardness.

 

(PMNEWS)

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