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Rivers state’s govt launches ‘Operation Sting’ to battle Insecurity
Under Operation Sting, we have taken concrete steps to strengthen the logistics and operational capability of the civil and armed security forces. Wike revealed.
To improve the security of lives and property across Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Friday launched a new state security outfit code-named ‘Operation Sting’.
Wike, who recently showed concern over rising insecurity in the state, said the state government will fully fund the security exercise to enable tackle criminal elements and reduce crime and criminality in all parts of the state.
While warning all criminals in the state, the governor maintained that the security outfit would tackle the sources and drivers of insecurity, said they would be got rid of.
On take-off logistics, the governor said: “Under Operation Sting, we have taken concrete steps to strengthen the logistics and operational capability of the civil and armed security forces.
“Seventy-six patrol/operational vehicles fitted with communication gadgets, eight armoured fitted gunboats to tighten coastal security and protect our waterways from the activities of criminals.”
On enhancing communication, he said “Two Armoured Personnel Carriers for police swift responses actions, 450 hand-held mobile radios to enhance communication among the security personnel and overcome the current wide gaps in intelligence gathering.”
The governor also revealed that the state government had established operational bases in all the 23 local government areas to ensure effective coordination and synergy with the state headquarters, the LGAs and the communities and strengthen the command, control structures of the initiative.
The governor, in his commendation note, governor appreciated the personnel of the outfit, who will participate in the new security architecture, said the state government had set up a fund to take care of their families should they suffer any calamity in the course of their service.
He acknowledged that the state had faced major security challenges in the area of kidnapping, cult activities and armed robbery.
Wike said the state was not yet as peaceful as the administration desired, hence the renewed effort to stamp out criminality.
In his remarks, the state Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura, explained that the objective of the operation was to get rid of criminals and reduce crime to the barest minimum.