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Emmanuel, Wike seek FG’s presence in South South


Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris (left); Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel; Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and his Cross River counterpart, Ben Ayande during the public lecture on security organised by the police in Uyo…yesterday.

• Warn against politicising security
• Delta CP canvasses support to fight crime

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State and Nyesom Wike of Rivers State have identified lack of Federal Government presence in the zone as one of the key reasons why agitations and insecurity seemed prevalent.

They spoke yesterday during a public lecture on security organised by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, held at Ibom Hall in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital.

Emmanuel said that the refusal of International Oil Companies (IOCs) to relocate their head offices to their areas of operations was a major cause of agitations among the people of the South-South.


According to him, if the Federal Government supports the agitation of the people of this zone on the relocation issue as is tenable in other climes, the youths who instigate this insecurity would have been gainfully employed.

Wike noted that combating insecurity in the area would remain a mirage unless the Federal Government stopped playing politics with security.

The Rivers State governor urged the IG to allow state Commissioners of Police (CPs) to work closely with state governors to enhance security in the states.

The governor clarified that he had nothing personal against the police boss, but stressed that he would continue to alert him on the security challenges in Rivers State.

Idris, who solicited for the co-operation of all in the country in tackling insecurity, stressed that the police and all security agencies would need the support of the South-South people and all Nigerians to curb the menace and bring development to the country.

In another development, the Commissioner of Police (CP), Delta State Command, Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim, has challenged engineers in the country to embrace local content in the construction of infrastructure and assist the police in intelligence gathering to fight crime.

The police commissioner gave the challenge when members of the Asaba Branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), paid him a courtesy visit in his office at Asaba.

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