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Ikwerre monarch lauds purchase of fighter helicopters

By George Onah
Port Harcourt—The Monarch of Ikwerreland, Rivers State, King Frank Eke, has said the procurement of fighter helicopters by President Goodluck Jonathan to fight kidnapping in the country “is a clear indication of the administration’s determination to combat criminality from all fronts.”

King Eke said there couldn’t have been a better way to deal with the menace of kidnapping and armed robbery than acquiring superior fire power and weaponry for the police and task forces mandated to check the embarrassing trend.

He said the bullet proof jeeps would “clearly complement the various armaments such as armoured personnel carriers, APCs and other sundry equipment” targeted at fighting the hoodlums.

Speaking to newsmen in Port Harcourt, last weekend, the traditional ruler also praised the president for inaugurating a new radar system at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and other five airports in the land.

“For sure the equipment would ensure security and safety in our airspace”, he said.

Harping on the importance of the helicopters for the police, he said “there would be no hiding place for the thieves who have decided to turn the country to a nightmare for its citizens and other residents.

Eke paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the October 1st bomb blast at the Eagles Square in Abuja, appealing to the government not to spare a stone in fishing out the perpetrators of the crime.

“In addition to finding them out, they should be prosecuted and appropriate punishment meted to them and it is only then that the souls of the innocent people who died would find peace. It will also serve as a deterrent to would-be criminals”.


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