In a historic move to motivate security agents to further reduce crime rate in the state, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike yesterday announced a N5million compensation for families of security agents who lose their lives fighting crime. Wike also donated 64 Utility Vans equipped with state of the art communication gadgets to the police and other security agencies to fight crime.
The vehicles were handed over to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase in a public ceremony at the Sharks Stadium on Tuesday. The governor further announced that the administration will pay N1million to residents of the state who will provide credible information that will lead to the arrest of kidnappers, armed robbers and cultists. He said: “The State Government will henceforth pay N5million as compensation to families of security agents who lose their lives fighting crime in the state.
We are doing this to encourage security agents to put in their best for the people of the state “. Governor Wike said that shortly after taking over, he had to take proactive measures working with the police and other security agencies to reduce the level of insecurity in the state. He regretted that security in the state degenerated because the immediate past administration deliberately politicised security and refused to support the security outfits with required logistics.
Governor Wike said : “The most important responsibility of government is to protect lives and property. This government will not fold its arms and allow criminals to terrorise the state. That is why we have donated these 64 Utility Vans to the security agencies to frustrate the criminals “. Receiving the utility vans on behalf of the security agencies, Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase commended Governor Wike for his commitment to security, saying that the security services will make judicious use of the vans to fight crime.
He noted that the collaboration between the police and the Rivers State Government is yielding positive results as post election violence has been reduced. Arase urged the security agents who will use the vehicles to respect the rights of the citizens while carrying out their assignment. The Inspector General of Police added that the state of emergency on crime fighting declared in the state has been extended for another month for extended effectiveness. Rivers State Police Commissioner, Chris Ezike informed that of the 64 vans, 34 will be used by the Joint Task Force involving all security agencies while 30 will be dedicated to the police. The Inspector General of Police had earlier paid a courtesy call on the governor at the Government House, Port Harcourt.