Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, on Tuesday, reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to make the State safe.
Speaking at the Commissioning of Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) by the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, in Owerri, Uzodimma commended the Nigerian Police for their gallantry in the fight against criminality and banditry in the State.
He also commended the professionalism of the Police, particularly the men and officers of the Imo State Police Command, who tackled head on crime in the State.
He also stated that the government and people of Imo State are grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari and heads of security agencies in the country for their consistent efforts and sacrifice to restore peace in Imo State.
“I commend the Police for their gallantry in the fight against criminality and banditry.
“Some of them lost lives, it was a supreme sacrifice they made to make Imo safe.
He said the state government choose to assist the Imo State Police Command by providing the Armoured Personnel Carriers, APC, as part of it’s unrelenting determination to get rid of crime in the State.
“It is a deliberate effort to enhance the capacity of the Police in Imo State.
“As Governor of Imo State, I will do my best to secure the State” he said
He advised youths of the State to shun violence and resist to be used as a tool for mischief by desperate politicians, noting that such mischievous persons have used the social media to blackmail the government and people of the state.
In his remarks, the Inspector General of Baba Usman Ahmed, enumerated the strong determination of Governor Hope Uzodimma to support the Nigerian Police Force, despite financial constraints of the state government.
He however thanked Governor Uzodimma for the high critical operational equipment such as the APCs donated to the Police in State, which he described as part of his proactive steps to tackle insecurity in the State.
The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Barde, in his remarks, said the security situation has improved in the State, through robust crime strategies adopted by the State Police Command and other security agencies.
He also commended Governor Uzodimma for donating N5m naira to each of the families of some men and officers of the Nigerian Police Force, Imo State Command, who lost their lives in the fight against criminality and banditry in the State.
The highlight of the event was the commissioning of the Armoured Personnel Carriers by the IGP.