Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has accused the Nigerian Air Force of diverting two armoured helicopters price over $10 million purchased by the state authorities to battle crude oil theft and sea piracy within the state, to battle Boko Haram within the North-East.
Wike warned that the state is not going to hesitate to withdraw the gunboats it’s about to current to the Army, Navy, and police if they’re deployed to be used in different states.
He said this on the presentation of twenty-nine (29) operational autos to the police on the relaunch of the Rivers State safety outfit, referred to as C.4.I, on the Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday.
The governor defined that his administration has frequently demonstrated its resolve to rid the state of criminality by the availability of operational autos, gunboats, and different types of assist for the safety businesses.
He nonetheless expressed dismay that among the tools supplied by the state authorities to assist safety businesses to battle crime are sometimes diverted to different states on the detriment of Rivers State.
“Let the Nigerian Air Force know that Rivers State government gave them two armoured helicopters. The former Chief of Air Staff never wrote to thank us. Which state has done it for Nigerian Air Force in this country? Not one. Even while he was former Chief of Air Staff, he never came here to thank us. But he was using our armoured helicopters.”
He continued: “Rivers State government paid over $10 million (for the armoured helicopters). We said it should be used to fight oil bunkers here, but ask me where are those helicopters today? The (Air Force) headquarters have taken it, saying they are fighting Boko Haram. But we bought it to fight criminals here, to fight oil bunkers here, but they have taken it.”
Governor Wike mentioned with the re-launch of C.4.I, a safety outfit, the Rivers State Police Command ought to change into extra proactive in preventing crime. He urged the police and different safety businesses to take the conflict in opposition to criminality to the criminals.
“We should take the conflict to them (criminals), allow them to know that sufficient is sufficient. All these individuals who assume they’ll acquire cash from contractors, who assume that they’ll kidnap contractors and threaten individuals, you have to go after them. We can’t proceed with this child’s glove. Enough is sufficient. Don’t enable them to kill your males earlier than you go after them.”
The governor disclosed that within the subsequent few weeks, the state authorities will donate extra operational autos and tools to the C.4.I safety outfit to boost their operations. He mentioned the state may even give 5 gunboats every to Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, and the police to sort out sea piracy.
“But let the gunboats stay throughout the territory of Rivers State. I’m not right here to purchase gunboats for every other state. I’m shopping for a gunboat for the safety of the folks that do enterprise and dwell in Rivers State and their property. Don’t carry our gunboat and say the Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, IG mentioned to carry the gunboat to so, so place. Every state is to guard its territory. The day I hear you’re taking our gunboats to different states, I’ll acquire them again.”
The governor assured the police personnel hooked up to the C.4.I unit that in the event that they lose their lives in energetic service, the state authorities will deal with their households.
“Let me tell you what I will do for people of C.4.I. If any of you in course of this work, in course of fighting crime and criminality dies, Rivers state government will take care of your family.”
He disclosed that the state authorities will quickly ship the most recent state-of-the-art tools to the Department of State Services (DSS) to boost their operational functionality to trace down criminals.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, who was represented by the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 16, Austin Agbonlahor, mentioned the re-launch of C.4.I marks a brand new vista within the concerted battle in opposition to criminality.
He described safety provision as costly and recommended Wike for his continued assist for the police.
Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Friday Eboka mentioned the 29 operational autos, 200 bulletproof vests, and helmets supplied by the governor will function a morale booster for the personnel of the C.4.I as they attempt to cut back felony actions to their barest minimal within the state.