Navy, Police Joint Forces To Fight Against Insurgency In Imo
By Abdullahi Ahmad Bamalli
Commodore Shettima Ibrahim, the newly deployed Naval Commodore of Oguta Naval Base, has declared zero tolerance for instability in Oguta, Imo State.
It is recalled that Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the immediate-past Vice President, flagged off the dredging of the Oguta/Orashi waterways connecting Imo State to the Atlantic Ocean on May 11.
Commodore Ibrahim made the disclosure in Owerri, the state capital, during a courtesy call to Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ahmed barde.
The Naval boss declared readiness to partner with the Imo Police Command to initiate modalities to checkmate insecurity and insurgency in the state.
It is also recalled that former Governor Rochas Okorocha had a few days ago raised the alarm over the spate of banditry in several local government areas in the state, which has forced people to abandon their villages.
Commodore Ibrahim said the visit was to strengthen the already established synergy that exists between the Navy and Police in the state and set up modalities on how to entrench a robust communication network.
The Imo Police boss represented by the Deputy Commissioner in charge of Administration, Ukachi Peter Okpara, assured of the Command’s maximum cooperation especially in intelligence gathering, prompt and timely dissemination of intelligence to assist in the crusade against all forms of crime and criminality in the state.
Okpara welcomed Ibrahim to the state and expressed appreciation for the visit, which he said was good to foster harmony within the uniformed agencies and improve security in the state.
Others, who received the Naval team were the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, DCP Femi Haruna; the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, DCP Mohammed Sirajo; the AC Operations, ACP Abdullahi Musa, and ASP Okoye Henry, the Police Public Relations Officer.
The visit ended with the presentation of souvenirs, exchange of essential emergency lines, and a photo session.