The Nigerian Army has reassured Imo residents of its commitment to restore nightlife and guarantee the security of all in the state.
The Commander, 34 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Obinze near Owerri, Brig.-Gen. Usman Lawal made the promise during the inauguration of a Joint Night Patrol Task Force in Owerri on Sunday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that commanders and heads of security agencies in Imo attended the inauguration.
Lawal, who spoke on their behalf, said there had been a rise in the spate of crime and criminality within Owerri Metropolis, hence the need to curb the trend.
The commander further stated that the Joint Night Patrol Teams would bring the expertise, dedication and unwavering resolve of soldiers, ratings, airmen, policemen and personnel of other security agencies to the safety and security of lives and property of citizens of the state.
He, however, warned that personnel involved in the joint night patrols must remain professional and build the much-needed trust from the people, adding that any form of indiscipline would not be tolerated by the patrol teams.
“The significance to secure the capital city is owing to the recent rise in armed robbery, kidnappings and other related crimes, especially at night.
“This has become necessary, especially during this season of politicking and campaigns, leading to the Nov. 11 governorship election,” he said.
Gov. Hope Uzodimma, represented by the Commissioner for Homeland Security and Vigilante Affairs, Dr Ugorji Okechukwu Ugorji, stated that the resolve of the security agencies to establish a Joint Night Patrol Task Force was a welcome development that would ensure the safety of lives and property.
He said that the professionalism shown by the security agencies brought about the peace so far enjoyed in the state.
The governor assured of the state government’s determination to continue to support the security agencies as they tried to make Owerri Metropolis and the entire state safe.
He urged the people of Imo to support and volunteer timely information to security agencies so as to ensure that criminals are brought to book and the safety of lives and property guaranteed. (NAN)