To further strengthen the Nigerian Police to fight crime in Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has donated additional 20 patrol vans fitted with state-of-the-art communication equipment to the security agency. The governor and the 23 local government areas of the state had on two previous occasions released 110 patrol vans to security agencies operating in the state. The latest donation brings the number to 130 security vans fitted with communication gadgets.
The governor also facilitated the release of dedicated telephone lines to the police for faster response to residents in distress. Wike further released bullet proof vests and helmets to the state police command. Making the presentation of the security facilities to the state police command, the governor who represented by the Permanent Secretary of Government House, Port Harcourt, Mr Onyemachi Nwankwo, assured all security agencies operating in the state of his commitment to assisting them with the required logistics to perform.
He noted that the state government will continue to play her role in the strengthening of the state security architecture, so that people can continue to peacefully live and do business in the state. Wike commended the police for her efforts to enhance the security of lives and property in the state. Receiving the patrol vans, Rivers State Commissioner of Police ,, Foluso Adebanjo, commended the governor for responding to the demand for facilities that will help nip crime in the bud.
He urged eminent persons and the general public to cooperate with the police on the issue of providing useful information towards enable the force bring down criminality down to their barest minimum in the State. Also speaking, the Chairman, Traditional Rulers’ Council of Rivers Sate, Amayanabo of Opobo Kingdom King Dandyson Jaja called for collaboration with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to fight crime. He identified the abuse of drugs as a factor responsible for the increase of crime in the state.