Security agencies in Rivers State have been called upon to abstain from politics and focus on their primary responsibility of protecting lives and property of people of the state.
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, gave the advice on Thursday in Port Harcourt while launching a new security outfit code named C4i, to help maintain security in the oil-rich state.
Wike, said the outfit comprises 400 police officers and 200 officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and that they have been trained in “relevant skills to ensure they carry out their duty efficiently”.
“We have made appreciable success in the area of security but we wouldn’t rest on our oars.
“With C4i, we intend to take it a step further by adopting a proactive policing approach and nipping the effort of criminals in the bud.
“C4i vehicles, branded with their local government areas of responsibility, have been deployed to each local government area in the state.
“To further boost our security in the riverine areas, in the next few weeks the state government would donate a total of fifteen gunboats to the Navy, Army and Police in Rivers State,” the governor said.
Wike thanked the Inspector General of Police and heads of other security agencies for attending the launch.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 16, Austin Agbonlahor, represented the inspector general of police at the inauguration ceremony.