By Chinenye Festus:-
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has launched a new security outfit in the state called ‘Operation ‘Delta Hawk’. This is part of measures put in place to curb the crime rate in the state and ensure the security of lives and property, he said.
During the inauguration of the outfit at the Police Headquarters in Asaba, the state capital, Gov Okowa encouraged residents to work in unison with security officials so as to assist in tracking down criminals and other perpetrators of crime.
Okowa said: “Today, we have finally come to inaugurate the Operation Delta Hawk which is a journey that we started a year ago. We had to put a lot of planning into it.
“I must truly thank all our service commanders for all that they did to ensure the success of the operationalisation of the Operation Delta Hawk.
“I am truly very glad this day and I must let them (service commanders) know that I am truly very happy that today has come. There has been a lot of unity among them and that has enabled us to do the much we have been able to do. Obviously, there is a lot more to be done and that is what has given rise to Operation Delta Hawk. “As I thank them (service commanders) today, I truly pray that they will help to see this baby grow and grow very fast and to become very effective to the extent that all of us will be proud of what we have put together.
“I must also, thank the office of the Secretary to the State Government for the great work that was put in to give birth to Operation Delta Hawk. We are at a time in our nation where there is a lot of insecurity and even while the state government and various agencies in charge of security are doing the best that they can, obviously we are still having a lot of challenge and therefore, we are thinking of new ways of ensuring the security of our people. That is actually what gave birth to this (Operation Delta Hawk).
“In Delta State, just like other states of the federation, there is no doubt that a lot of kidnapping still take place, there is a lot of banditry, cultism and it is really getting difficult for us to face and worst still is the clashes between herdsmen and farmers.
“Deltans are watching and as they watch, I seek their prayers, partnership, and corporation. They need to offer support for the Operation Delta Hawk and for the organised private sectors, I believe that they have a role to play to offer support in terms of both logistics and vehicular support to the Operation Delta Hawk, nothing is too small, nothing will be too big to support this great team that has been put together. It is my prayer that God will help us and strengthen our officers and men to produce the required results and we shall return all glory to Him (God) the father”.
The governor called on traditional rulers, religious leaders, youth leaders, and other critical stakeholders to assist the new security outfit by making pieces of information available to them that will help them carry out their duties of safeguarding and protecting the state effectively.
He promised to procure more operational vehicles and other security gadgets by next year.
On his own part, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, who is the Secretary to the State Government charged the officers selected for this unit to fight and out in their best to justify the huge investments the Government made in making sure that the state is free from criminal elements.
He thanked the Governor for making funds available for logistics and easy take off of the Operation Delta Hawk, saying it was an indication that the lives of Delta State residents are paramount in the heart of the Governor.
Mr. Ebie said; “what we are witnessing today, is the culmination of 12 months of intense research, planning, and engagement aimed at finding a lasting solution to the problem of insecurity in Delta State.
“It also marks the beginning of a new era in the efforts of the Delta State Government under the distinguished leadership of His Excellency, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, to enhance the safety and security of the lives and property of all persons resident in Delta.
“Following series of State Security Council meetings that had reviewed the situation in the state, it became apparent to all that there was a need to evolve a fresh security mechanism that would address growing incidents of kidnapping, banditry, farmer/herdsmen clashes, cultism and other such crimes across the State”.
The Coordinator of Operation Delta Hawk, Hon. David Tonwe said every effort will be utilised in making sure that the state is safe for everyone.
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