From Paul Osuyi, Asaba
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State yesterday in Asaba presented keys to ten hilux vans to the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Zanna as part of efforts to enhance security in the state.
According to the governor, the presentation of the vehicles would assist security agencies in check-mating activities of criminals ahead of Christmas celebration.
Okowa disclosed that the security vans were specifically to assist the new special security unit code-named, “Eagle Net” that was created by the command in tackling special security challenges.
“We are donating 10 vehicles (Hilux Vans) in the first instance to enable you tackle the identified security flash points in the state.
“This is in line with our decision at the state security council meeting to create a special unit to attend to these security challenges and respond to the needs of our people. We will provide more as our finances improve,” he said.
Governor Okowa reiterated that Delta State is an investors’ haven, adding that his administration would consolidate on the gains recorded in the area of achieving peaceful co-existence.
He added: “We are committed to ensuring the security and peace in our state; we thank God that all our security agencies are collaborating with each other to consolidate on the peace and security in the state.
“We will do more within our resources to ensure a more peaceful Delta State so as to allow investors to come and provide employment for our teeming youths. We are also committed to release funds in two tranches to rehabilitate existing vehicles.”
Receiving the keys, Commissioner for Police in the state, Mr. Ibrahim thanked the governor for donation, stating that “this is an attestation to my conviction that security takes precedence in the agenda of this administration.
“These vans will be used by the Eagle Net to check criminal activities, especially during these ’ember months’. Eagle Net is a new unit created to complement the activities of existing outfits such as Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), SWAT, and others.”