Why we Established General Security Council in Imo – Gov. Okorocha

Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has explained that his administration has designed modalities of addressing the challenges of insecurity by involving other stakeholders in the fight against crime and kidnapping in the state.

The governor who stated this when the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) in-charge of administration in Force Headquarters, Mr. Azubuike Joel Udah paid him a courtesy visit in government house, said the recently inaugurated General Security Council had the membership of all the
statutory members of the State Security Council, chairmen of all professional bodies in the state, leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers and others.

Gov. Okorocha further disclosed that Local Security Council had been also established in the 27 LGAs even as traditional rulers had been empowered to serve as chief security officers in their various communities for effective community policing.

He disclosed that the Security Council has launched war against sale of hard illicit drugs like Indian hemp, narcotics and marijuana as well as approved the immediate demolition of houses where such drugs are sold in the state.

Gov. Okorocha reiterated the commitment of his administration to always provide logistics support to the police and further urged federal government to enhance the welfare of officers and men of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) towards motivating them in the fight against crime in the country.

He added that though the idea of state police may not be feasible now, the federal government should work out sustainable modalities where states will be more involved in the affairs of the police.

Earlier, the DIG (Administration) Mr. Azubuike Joel Udah said he came to brainstorm with the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) and Commissioners of Police in the south-east zone to design more proactive strategies in tackling security challenges in the country.

He commended Gov. Okorocha for the enormous support his administration has continued to give the Imo State Police Command since he came on board.

The police boss assured the governor of the renewed commitment of officers and men of the command to collaborate with his administration and other security agencies to provide adequate security during the
yuletide.

Ebere Uzoukwa
SA Media (Print)
For SSA Media
14th December, 2011

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