Imo State has acquired one hundred patrol vehicles and gadgets for the State owned special security outfit, “operation search and flush” in a bid to curb the rising insecurity in the State.
The State Governor, Hope Uzodinma handed the vehicles to heads of security agencies in the State on Wednesday.
The procurement, according to the Governor, is a signal to bandits, hoodlums and trigger-happy criminals that their time is up in Imo State.
“Again this event further underscores the fact that our government can never be intimidated by criminals and their sponsors. It also reaffirms our commitment to the protection of lives and property of all citizens of the state including those on transit.”
Uzodinma stressed that Imo State will no longer be a safe haven to bandits and criminals as his administration will leave no stone unturned in stamping out criminality in the State.
He said: “You will recall that just a few days after I assumed office as the governor of Imo State, I inaugurated the security outfit known as Operation Search and Flush,(OSF), which brought together all the different security agencies to work as a team to fight every form of criminality.
“The objective then and now is to rout and root out every aspect of crime in our state. I empowered the outfit then with a record of 100 patrol vehicles and sophisticated communication equipments to help them achieve the objective. There is no doubt that that intervention yielded positive results, the recent pockets of crime here and there notwithstanding.
“Consequently, I hereby charge our security agencies to chase the criminals to their hideouts. All smoking joints where marijuana and other dangerous drugs are sold and used should be searched and flushed out.
“Henceforth, any landlord who avails his property to criminals, even smokers of weeds would be answerable to the law. In like manner, any traditional ruler in whose domain criminals abides and who fails to report same to relevant authorities will be held accountable.
“We can no longer tolerate a situation whereby our state is used as a breeding haven for criminals.
“To the good people of Imo State and residents, I say to you, you are Safe; go about your lawful engagements without any fear of molestation.