SHARING of information between security agencies operating in the state has started yielding results in checking security challenges, the Governor of Delta State, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa has said.
Speaking when the Commandant, 4th Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Brig.-General Banbella Raji paid him a courtesy call in Asaba, Senator Okowa observed that the synergy between the agencies has ensured successes in crime prevention in the state.
According to the governor, “I have always called for collaborative efforts between security agencies operating in the state and I am happy to say that the collaboration, especially in the area of sharing of information is working to the benefit of the agencies and the people of the state.”
While stating that “pipeline vandalism affected us so much that what we currently receive is below 20 per cent of what the state received two years ago,” Governor Okowa disclosed that apart from pipeline vandalism, the state was also facing the challenges of herdsmen clashing with farmers and some Fulani men posing as herdsmen to kidnap people.
He commended the army for collaborating with the police in checking criminal activities which ordinarily were within the purview of the police, asserting, “We hope that the peace we enjoy now will be sustained, it is our hope that the security operatives remain proactive.”
“As a state, we will continue to support the operations of the army and other security operatives to enable them carry out their functions in the state,” the governor assured.
Earlier, Brig.-General Raji had commended the Governor Okowa administration for supporting the operations of the security agencies, which has led to improvement in the socio-economic life of Deltans, stating that they were in the state to check the activities of militants and pipeline vandals and their likes, and also, check the activities of kidnappers, including proffering solutions to other security challenges in the state.