Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has given additional four armored personnel carriers to the Police to tackle cases of kidnapping on two highways in the state.
The governor has also called for the institutionalisation of State Police for the better handling of security challenges in parts of the country. Wike, while donating the armor vehicles said the new trend of kidnappers attacking vehicles on roads outside Port Harcourt must be addressed.
He said requisite logistics and funding have been provided for security agencies to man different routes outside Port Harcourt to protect the citizenry.
He explained that though the State Government does not control the security agencies, it has invested massively in the strengthening of the state security architecture.
“We have released four armored personnel carriers to the Police as a way of strengthening their response capacity along roads outside Port Harcourt. “Because of the strong security network within Port Harcourt City, these criminals now operate on some routes outside Port Harcourt. We have agreed with the Police that these armored personnel carriers be strategically deployed to check highway kidnapping.
“We have also provided additional patrol vehicles to the security agencies for motorized patrols on major state and federal highways for the protection of those who use the roads” he said.
He assured the people of Rivers State that his administration will continue to work for the promotion of security for the enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
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