We’ve Adopted Strategies To Check Kidnapping —Uduaghan

BY AUSTINE ETAGHENE
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State says the state government has intensified its security enlightenment campaign strategies across the state in order to check kidnapping and other forms of criminality.
Uduaghan disclosed this yesterday when the Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) of Police in charge of Zone V, Benin City, Alhaji Hashirnu Argungu, paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Asaba.
He disclosed that the state government was strengthening its intelligence gathering mechanism, especially on security issues, by invigorating vigilante groups in the state.
While noting that the rate of kidnapping was reducing in the state, the governor said part of the measure was the involvement of traditional rulers and chairmen of community development unions in the fight against criminality.
Uduaghan further disclosed that government was not relenting in the battle against oil bunkering and piracy on the waterways, adding that pirates and oil bunkerers were being tackled with renewed vigour and a high sense of commitment.
The governor frowned at the situation where some people go straight to the office of the AIG in Benin City to present cases without passing through the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and the Commissioner of Police in the state.
While appealing to the AIG to keep the state government abreast of such cases and those involved, he assured his visitor that government would continue to partner with the police in dealing with security challenges in the state.
Earlier, the AIG had noted that security was vital in all human endeavours, adding that nothing could be achieved without it.
Argungu expressed optimism that terrorism and other security challenges facing the country would soon fizzle out, expressing satisfaction with the presence of various police patrol teams in Delta State.
“This, no doubt, will help check the activities of hoodlums on the highways,” he said, thanking the state government for regularly providing assistance to the police.