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Ihedioha launches state security outfit, distributes vehicles to councils


Imo State Governor Emeka Ihedioha has said that the security of lives and property in the state remains a core agenda of his administration.

He disclosed that his government continues to make deliberate efforts to deliver on his campaign promises, adding that part of the efforts is to wade off hoodlums and guarantee peace and unity in the state.

Ihedioha stated this at the launch of a joint security operation, code-named: Operation Iron Gate, at Hero’s Square, Owerri yesterday.


All security chiefs in the state, heads of traditional institutions, Interim Management Committee Chairman of council areas and top government officials, among others, attended the event.

The governor also restated his administration’s commitment to exploring means of offering good governance, democratic dividends and overall development of the state, pointing out that it behooves Imo people to support his administration in rebuilding the state.

He commended the security chiefs, council chairmen and others who contributed to the realisation of the programme, adding that his government would partner with private investors to provide security that would help to enhance investment and economy in the state.

Major highlight of the event was the official launch of the security outfit and distribution of new 80 vehicles to the 27 council areas and security agencies for effective operation and performance.

Special advisers to the governor on security and local government affairs, Raymond Nkemdilim and Mayor Eze, Commissioner of Police (CP), Rabiu Ladodo and others commended Ihedioha for approving the initiative, stressing that it would yield positive results.

Meanwhile, Commander, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), Major-General Augustine Agundu, has warned ‘fifth columnists’ and ‘conflict merchants’ who have benefited from crises in Plateau State to desist from their activities or be identified, arrested and prosecuted.

Besides, Agundu also warned that any individual who attempts to thwart the efforts of the special task force to rid the society of
hoodlums and cultists would suffer the same fate as a criminal

He stated this yesterday while parading 23 suspects arrested for various criminal offences at the OPSH headquarters in Jos.

He also some landlords and hoteliers whose premises have been harbouring criminals to desists from doing so, adding that the consequences of their actions or inactions would be given.

Agundu added that the onus also remains with parents and guardians to educate their children and wards to live responsible lives that would guarantee a productive future, lamenting, however, that unfortunately, some parents have abdicated their family obligations.

“Today, these uncultured youths indulge in despicable vices of unimaginable proportions. The operation would continue to be professional in the discharge of its duties as the criminals being paraded would be handed over to the law enforcement agencies for prosecution,” he said.

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