By Festus Ahon, ASABA
DELTA State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Friday, has urged the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris to deploy more Police personnel to the State for the consolidation of the existing peace in the state.
Okowa who speaking when he when he received on courtesy call, the police boss in Asaba, expressed joy that peace has returned to troubled areas in the state and commended Mr Ibrahim Idris for visiting the state for an on-the-spot assessment of security situation.
Insisting that the state was relatively peaceful, he said “we had security challenges but by the grace of God, they are easing off and with this visit to some of the riverine areas, we hope you will see the security challenges and hopefully we will receive more Police personnel to handle the challenges there.”
While congratulating Mr Ibrahim Idris on his elevation as Acting Inspector General of Police, Okowa said; “I can see that with the physical fitness in you a lot will be achieved; I believe that we will also make a lot of progress when there is timely sharing of intelligence and information because, once we have warm relationship and sharing of opinions, we will achieve a lot in having a peaceful state, a peaceful country.”
He commended the Inspector General of Police for his plan to set up Eminent Persons Forum in all Area Commands, expressing optimism that “it will help the Police have a better understanding of our people, culture and peculiar security issues and how to handle them”.
Okowa assured the Police boss that his administration would always work with security agencies and assist them when necessary for them to do their jobs effectively, reiterating that his administration would not condone any form of criminality or criminal elements in the state.
Earlier, the Acting Inspector General of Police accompanied by top echelon of the security agency, told the Governor and members of the executive council including, leadership of the State Legislature present during the visit that they were in the state to assess and evaluate the security situation and what their men were doing to tackle security issues.
Idris said; “We want to assure you that the present leadership of Nigeria Police Force are in the service for the government and people of Delta State; we will set up eminent people’s forum for elders in all Police Commands to be involved in managing security challenges, especially those issues peculiar to their areas.
”The Police is in the service of the people, we are your servant, we are here to serve you, I want to solicit your cooperation to make us serve you better”