Gov. Eno Boosts Security In Akwa Ibom, Donates 20 Patrol Vehicles, Says A'Ibom Not Safe Haven For Criminals

May 5, 2024 - 16:24
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Gov. Eno Boosts Security In Akwa Ibom, Donates 20 Patrol Vehicles, Says A'Ibom Not Safe Haven For Criminals

From BASSEY BASSEY (Uyo)

Determined to boost security operations in Akwa Ibom state, Governor Umo Eno has donated Toyota Hilux trucks and fourteen gunboats to security agencies.

Presenting the vehicles to the State Commissioner of Police, CP Waheed Ayilara, Gov. Eno noted that it was part of government's effort at ensuring that the State is rid of criminal elements and remains one of the most peaceful and safest for its citizenry and investors.

He noted that his administration will stop at nothing to ensure that peace and security in the State is maintained, adding that the state was also setting up a Tactical Command Control Centre to enhance information sharing and synergy among the relevant agencies.

Commending the service commanders for the robust relationship between the various security agencies and the state government, he said: "We are determined because the primary duties of any government is to secure the lives and property of its citizenry and their welfare, we are determined to make sure we don't fail in that regard.

"We'll do anything to ensure that criminals flee Akwa Ibom shores whether it is by sea or land. We are donating these vehicles towards the realization of those goals and objectives of government and the benefit of our people.

"I had promised that I'll give whatever it takes to continue to improve security in this state. We had donated the boats and we will make sure all 14 of them are put to use. We're going to support with land vehicles and other gadgets. We're setting up a Tactical Command Control Centre in Akwa Ibom so that all the services can work together," he stated.

The governor, however, cautioned that the vehicles were designated for security operations within Akwa Ibom State and not to be taken outside for other purposes that will thwart government's intentions for acquiring them.

Receiving the vehicles on behalf of the security agencies, the Commissioner of Police, CP Waheed Ayilara, commended the governor's genuine intentions and efforts to support security operations, assuring that the vehicles will be utilized optimally to ensure security of lives and properties in the State.

The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Waterways, Gen. Koko Essien (Retd.), in his description of the components of the vehicles, said the vehicles were fitted with state-of-the-art gadgets to ensure secured communication among the patrol teams, with base stations at the various security offices.

State Executive Council members , Leaders of thought, political stakeholders including Political Leader for Uyo Senatorial District, Senator Effiong Bob, among others witnessed the presentation.