Wike ready to collaborate with new army chief in PH, says insecurity has reached alarming proportion


By Ignatius Chukwu

Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers has complained to the new army commander posted to Port Harcourt that the insecurity in the land has reached what he called alarming proportion and thus called on the security agencies to redouble their efforts in curbing it. This is as the governor has urged the highest police authorities in the land to arrest those he said imposed violence in Benin in Edo State as elections draw near.

Wike expressed his concerns when the new General Officer Commanding 6 Division of the Nigeria Army, Olu Irefin, a major-general, paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt.

He noted that the prevalence of insecurity in every State of the federation seemed to overwhelm the military. He stated that the situation is different in Rivers State because of what he termed the robust collaboration between his administration and the security agencies.

He told the GOC, “Our determination is to keep the State safe but development also attracts criminality, so we can’t say we are totally free.

“There are still pockets of criminal elements. So, as a professional whose role is to defend the territorial integrity of the country, fight crime and do not involve in politics.

“We are willing to collaborate with you as a government because security is important for us. Just let us know what you require to succeed in the fight against criminality.

“That way, we will be partners in progress and make the State safe for all residents,” he stated.

Earlier, the GOC commended Gov Wike for his developmental strides and hinted how his men had told tales of Wike’s support. He pledged to sustain the existing collaboration in protecting lives and property in the State.