June 14, 2009

Imo to fight robbery with helicopter

By Chidi Nkwopara

OWERRI—Imo State Government says it has concluded plans to procure a rapid response helicopter in its fight against armed robbery, in view of the growing sophistication of criminals operating in the state.

Governor Ikedi Ohakim stated this while addressing branch manager of commercial banks at the Banquet hall, Government House, Owerri.

“To check armed robbery and beat the growing sophistication of the criminals in the state, the government has concluded plans to procure a rapid response helicopter and is currently partnering with other South East governments to tackle trans-border robberies”, Ohakim said

The Governor was of the view that “since security is paramount in business, the government and people of Imo State need your assistance in the purchase of armoured personnel carriers and other security equipment”.

It was his view that the Clean and Green policy of his administration had greatly improved the environment, and given impetus to entrepreneurs to come in and invest in the state.

He revealed that his administration would soon launch the second phase of the Clean and Green programme and appealed to banks to adopt streets and roundabouts for development, as part of their corporate social responsibility.

Responding, one of the bank managers commended the Governor for cleaning up the state and protecting lives and property of the citizens.