Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said the state government would support the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army in strengthening the security architecture of the state and its environs.
Wike also advised the officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army 6 Division against the politicisation of crime, noting that security was vital to the actualisation of all developmental programmes.
Wike spoke yesterday at the Government House, Port Harcourt when he received the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Kasimu Abdulkareem, who was on a courtesy visit to the governor.
He said: “Let me assure you that as a government, we will continue to support the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army with the needed logistics to carry out her duties. Security leads to the improvement of the other sectors.”
He commended the new GOC for the quick successes in Ogba/Egbema/ Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA) where cultists were uprooted.
The governor urged the military to step up its operations in ONELGA to dislodge the remnants of cultists who have refused to accept the state amnesty programme by laying down their arms.
He lauded the federal government for establishing the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army to help fight crime in the state, pointing out that his administration would continue to work for the unity of the country.
In his response, General Abdulkareem said the new division was created on November 7, 2016 out of the 82 Division to promote regional security.
He said the division, with headquarters in Port Harcourt, covers Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Delta and Bayelsa States.
According to him, the new division would fight pipeline vandalism, cultism and militancy.
The GOC called on the state government to support the division.