- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has taken a bold step in addressing the mounting insecurity in Delta state
- The governor has launched a security outfit in the state to help flush out criminal elements in his domain
- The move comes as banditry, herdsmen attacks, and kidnapping spreads to south-south states
Operation Delta Hawk, a new security outfit floated by the Delta state government to enhance the security of lives and property in the state has been inaugurated by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
Inaugurating the new security outfit at its official headquarters in Asaba, the Delta state capital, Governor Okowa said the outfit was a proactive step towards checkmating insecurity in all parts of the state headlong.
A statement from the Delta state government seen by Legit.ng on Thursday, December 10, quoted the governor as saying the challenge of insecurity was already taking alarming dimension.
Legit.ng gathered that Operation Delta Hawk comprises of different security agencies and vigilante groups, and their aim is to flush out criminal elements and criminality in all nook and crannies of Delta state.
The governor affirmed that the unity among different security agencies in the state had helped in promoting peacebuilding and the fight against criminal elements and pledged to continue to invest resources into the security sector for the overall development of the state.
Governor Okowa said Delta State being a home for all, was not an avenue for armed herdsmen to cause mayhem, adding that those masquerading as herdsmen with weapons would be given a hot chase and made to face the full weight of the law.
“In Delta state, just like other states of the federation, there is no doubt that a lot of kidnapping still take place, there is a lot of banditry, cultism and it is really getting difficult for us to face and worst still is the clashes between herdsmen and farmers.”
While calling on traditional rulers, religious leaders, youth leaders, and other critical stakeholders to assist the new security outfit, the governor pledged to procure more operational vehicles and other security gadgets by next year.
Recall that Governor Okowa had on Tuesday, November 17, implored officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces to be humane in the discharge of their official responsibilities.
The governor gave the advice while flagging off the Nigeria Army's Operation Crocodile Smile VI at the army super camp located at kilometer 11, Asaba/Benin expressway, Asaba.
Meanwhile, Governor Okowa has joined those advocating that traditional rulers in the country be given constitutional roles in view of their contribution to peacebuilding.
The governor made the call recently while playing host to members of South-South Monarchs' Forum who paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Asaba.
He noted that as a result of the roles traditional rulers play in engendering peace in their various domains, a place should be provided for them in the constitution of the country.
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Source: Legit Newspaper