From Joe Ezuma, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Government says it would continue to support the Nigeria Police Force to enable the Police achieve all set goals and mission for the protection of people leaving and doing business in Rivers State legitimately.
Governor Wike stated this during the Flag Off, of Operation Restore Peace in the South- South Zone, by the Acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, at the Sharks Sports Stadium on Wednesday, 19th May, 2021.
Represented by his Deputy, Dr. Mrs. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Governor Wike said Rivers State is peaceful which he attributed to his Administration’s zero tolerance for violence and crime.
“We believe that a people can only progress in an atmosphere of peace and security, where people can go about their legitimate business peacefully, without any harassment so we as a government and as a people will continue to believe in the sovereignty of this nation Nigeria”.
The State Chief Executive who expressed gratitude to the Acting Inspector General of Police for the Official Launch of Operation Restore Peace, in the South -South Zone said “we believe in this peace move and will support it all the way through”.
In his remarks the Acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba said the launch of Operation Restore Peace in Port Harcourt, was the first in line of the Police strategic action plan to restore peace across the country.
According to him, in the incoming days, this special operation would be extended to other parts of the country to address peculiar crime, like banditry, kidnapping and armed robbery in other geopolitical zones, adding that the operation would cover all the states within the south- south.
The Acting Inspector General, who urged officers to see their deployments as a call to national duty, charged them to be civil with the law abiding citizens, but firm and ruthless with criminal elements.