Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has handed over 30 Toyota Hilux vehicles to the State police command as a new initiative to curb criminal activities in the State commences operations.
The initiative, Delta State Government Special Security Patrol is part of measures to ensure that crimes like kidnapping and armed robbery were reduced to the barest minimum.
The 30 Toyota Hilux vehicles handed over to give teeth to the resolve to make the state peaceful and secured, have been specifically designated for patrol and surveillance of given routes and highways across the state.
Handing over the vehicles to the police, Dr Uduaghan noted that the rate of kidnapping was coming down in the state and promised to continue to intensify efforts towards providing adequate security in the state.
He said he would provide a safe haven for investors and guarantee peace and security so that prospective investors would operate in a conducive atmosphere.
The Governor said the present effort was to beef up security and sustain the success already recorded in the state especially the reduction in kidnapping.
He explained that the vehicles have been assigned to different routes across the state to ensure that all areas in the state were adequately monitored and secured.
“We are doing this to guarantee peace and security and to ensure that crime rate is drastically reduced. We will increase our effort in the provision of logistics for security operatives to enable them cope with the challenges in crime prevention”.
He commended Local Government Chairmen in the state for supporting the efforts of the State Government especially for assisting security operatives to maintain peace and security.
The governor also commended security operatives in the state for their efforts in reducing crime especially kidnapping which he said had reduced significantly.
Receiving the vehicles the State Commissioner of Police, Ikechukwu Aduba warned criminals to turn a new leaf and become law abiding citizens because his men would get them if they failed to heed his warning.
He commended the Governor Uduaghan for providing the vehicles and assured that the vehicles would be properly utilized to combat crime.
“We will chase away criminals from the state. I warn criminals to leave the state because if they fail to we will get them anywhere they are hiding. I restate that there will be no hiding place for them”.