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Wike releases Armoured Personnel Carriers to Police to tackle kidnapping

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that his administration  has handed over four armoured personnel carriers to the Nigerian Police to tackle cases of kidnapping  on two highways in the state.

The governor  also stated that  requisite logistics and funding have been  provided for security agencies to man different routes outside Port Harcourt to protect the citizenry.

GOVERNOR Nyesom Wike

Speaking in Port Harcourt on Friday, Governor Wike explained  that though the State Government does not control the security agencies  , it has invested massively  in the strengthening  of the state security architecture.

He said  that the new trend of kidnappers attacking vehicles on roads outside Port Harcourt will be addressed.

Governor Wike said: “We have released four armoured personnel carriers to the Police as a way of strengthening their response capacity  along roads outside Port Harcourt.

“Because of the strong security  network within Port Harcourt City, these criminals now operate on some routes outside Port Harcourt.  We have agreed with the Police that these armoured personnel carriers be strategically deployed to check highway kidnapping .

“We have also provided additional patrol vehicles to the security agencies for motorised patrols on major state and federal highways for the protection of those who use the roads.”

The governor called for the institutionalization of State Police for the better handling of security  challenges in parts of the country.

He assured the people of Rivers State that his administration will continue to work for the promotion  of security  for the enabling  environment for businesses  to thrive.

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