The Nigerian Army has reassured Imo residents of its commitment to restoring nightlife and guaranteeing the security of all in the state.
The Commander, 34 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Obinze, near Owerri, Brig.-Gen. Usman Lawal, made the promise during the inauguration of a Joint Night Patrol Task Force in Owerri on Sunday.
The inauguration was attended by commanders and heads of security agencies in the state.
Mr Lawal, who spoke on their behalf, said that there had been a rise in the spate of crime and criminality within Owerri Metropolis, hence the need to curb the trend.
The commander further stated that the Joint Night Patrol Teams would bring the expertise, dedication, and unwavering resolve of soldiers, ratings, airmen, policemen, and personnel of other security agencies to the safety and security of the lives and property of citizens of the state.
He, however, warned that personnel involved in the joint night patrols must remain professional and build much-needed trust with the people, adding that any form of indiscipline would not be tolerated.
“The significance of securing the capital city is due to the recent rise in armed robberies, kidnappings, and other related crimes, especially at night.
“This has become necessary, especially during this season of politicking and campaigns, leading to the Nov. 11 governorship election,” he said.
Governor Hope Uzodimma, represented by the Commissioner for Homeland Security and Vigilante Affairs, Ugorji Okechukwu Ugorji, stated that the resolve of the security agencies to establish a Joint Night Patrol Task Force was a welcome development that would ensure the safety of lives and property.
He said that the professionalism portrayed by the security agencies brought about the peace so far enjoyed in the state.
The governor assured them of the state government’s determination to continue to support the security agencies as they tried to make Owerri Metropolis and the entire state safe.
He urged the people of Imo to support and volunteer timely information to security agencies so as to ensure that criminals are brought to book and the safety of lives and property is guaranteed.