By Unin Uchechukwu
In line with his Rebuild Imo Agenda, the Governor of Imo State, Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha has commenced the strategic restructuring of the security architecture of the State.
This disclosure was made at the end of the Expanded State Security Council meeting held yesterday at the Government House Owerri, between the Governor, his Deputy and heads of security agencies in the State.
The resolutions reached at the meeting are as follows:
RESOLUTIONS AT THE ONE-DAY EXPANDED STATE SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING BETWEEN GOVERNOR IHEDIOHA AND SECURITY CHIEFS IN IMO STATE
In the quest for prompt measures against the incidences of crime by hoodlums in the State, particularly in the capital, Owerri, an Expanded State Security Council meeting was hosted on October 1, 2019 by the State governor, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, CON, KSC with heads of security agencies in the State, deputy commissioners of police, unit commanders, area commanders, divisional police officers and their equivalents across the State in attendance.
At the end of the meeting, which was held in the Sam Mbakwe Exco Chambers, Government House, Owerri, the following far-reaching resolutions were made:
1. That old methods of crime fighting will be reviewed and replaced with modern fighting techniques;
2. That drug abuse and cultism in the State will be effectively combated;
3. That there is need for effective multi-agency security training for robust synergy combating crime in the State;
4. That there is need for greater involvement of the citizenry in the development of strategies for mitigating crime in the State;
5. That members of the public should be encouraged to assist
security agencies with timely information inorder to expose criminals in the State;
6. That no member of the public will be exposed to any danger for volunteering information to the security agencies;
7. That there should be a strong legislation compelling hoteliers to emplace measures to expose criminals who lodge in their facilities;
8. That most criminals in the State are political thugs who are still in possession of arms provided for them by their political god-fathers and these weapons must be mopped up;
9. That amorphous legislations relating to traditional rulers and town unions in the State will be reviewed with a view to eliminating inherent impediments to peace and security in the Local Government Areas;
10. That security commanders and their operatives must be domiciled in their areas of operation to be able to effectively combat crime;
11. That there should be greater synergy among the security agencies in the State;
12. That Operation Iron Gate launched recently by the Imo State Government is a welcome initiative and it’s full commencement will effectively reduce crime and criminality in the State;
13. That the various security agencies pledged to rejig their operational strategies with a view to bringing an
immediate end to rising criminality in the State particularly Owerri Municipality;
14. That Imo State Government will provide functional vehicles to support the operations of security agencies in the State;
15. That Imo State Government will ensure that security operatives in the State are well accommodated; and
16. That Imo State Government will take immediate steps to reinvigorate the operations of security agencies in the State by providing all necessary equipment and facilities within available resources for the enhancement of lasting peace in the State.