Police Beef Up Security for Independence as Okowa, Obaseki Peace Unity

The Nigeria Police said on Saturday that security across the Nation has been beefed up to ensure a hitch-free and peaceful independence anniversary celebration nationwide.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has deployed surveillance helicopters to monitor difficult terrains and marine gunboats to patrol riverine areas throughout the country.
Moshood explained that the IG had also ordered the state Commissioners of Police and the Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in charge of zonal commands to carry out massive deployment of police operatives.
The deployment also involved the conventional policemen, Police Mobile Force personnel, Counter-Terrorism Unit, Special Police Forces, Force Intelligence and Investigation Department for covert and overt operations.
The statement noted that mounted troops and the dogs section were also deployed for crowd control and crime prevention at venues of celebration and recreation during the period and beyond.
It said, “The personnel are under strict instructions to be civil, polite but firm in the discharge of their responsibilities.
“They are to pay special attention to places of celebrations, public places and other locations where people will gather to celebrate the Independence anniversary.”
The police added that sustained surveillance and proactive crime prevention strategies would be adopted, while the ongoing raids of criminal hideouts, black spots, identified troubled spots and other vulnerable points to remove criminal elements would continue throughout the period.
“Furthermore, the Commissioners of Police in charge of state commands were directed by the IG to collaborate with other security and safety agencies and also interface with the community leaders to ensure a successful implementation of security operations for the celebration,” Moshood said.
Meanwhile, Delta and Edo States Governors, Ifeanyi Okowa and Godwin Obaseki, have called for strengthening of bond of unity, across board.
According to them as Nigerians roll out drums to celebrate the country’s 57th independence anniversary, there need for concerted efforts to strengthen the bond of unity in the country.
In a joint press briefing on Saturday after a breakfast meeting held at the Governor’s Lodge, Benin City, Edo State, the two Governors stated that there is a lot to celebrate as a country, affirming that the country’s unity cannot be compromised.
Delta and Edo States were carved out of the defunct Bendel State on August 27, 1991. The two states were also together in the defunct Mid West State.
According to Governor Okowa, “there is strenght in unity, as a nation, we should talk about how to work together and stay on a common path on how to develop Nigeria, we should partner with one another.”
Speaking on the essence of the visit, the Governor who was accompanied by his wife, Dame Edith, said, “Delta and Edo States are brothers, we came to Benin City for a ceremony, and we decided to see my brother, the Governor, we discussed on how to partner to bring development to our people, we believe there is need for us to meet more often.
“Governor Obaseki, while responding stated, “Delta and Edo States are neighbours, we share a lot of things of common interest, as we celebrate independence, we should work to make our nation better.”

Author: News Editor

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