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Okowa Meets With Leadership Of Operation Delta Safe

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Posted: Jul 27, 2016 at 2:46 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

*Urges Intelligence Sharing

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said that the best way to tackle security issues in the Niger Delta was through the sharing of intelligence and combination of personnel to achieve the desired results.

The Governor made the observation Wednesday in Asaba when he received Rear Admiral Joseph Okojie, the Commander of Operation Delta Safe, who led top officers of the multi-service task force to pay him a courtesy call.

According to the Governor, the activities of militants in the creeks of the Niger Delta region had not only affected the revenue accruing to the federation accounts but Delta State in particular, saying, “we are worst hit by the present activities in the creeks; we pray that these activities of militants will stop so that we can maintain oil production without breaches as our revenue has dropped drastically.”

The Governor who noted that sea piracy has reduced, stressed that the state still has some issues with kidnapping and advised the need for close collaboration among security agencies to nip it in the bud before it assumes another dimension.

He asserted that unless security threats are tackled, including kidnapping, armed robbery and other vices, investors would be sceptical about doing business in the country.

Governor Okowa lauded the Commander of the Operation Delta Safe for going beyond his areas of jurisdiction to partner with other security agencies to tackle security issues.

Rear Admiral Okojie had told the Governor and top government functionaries who witnessed the event that they had the mandate of President Mohammedu Buhari to secure the waters in the Niger Delta region covering part of Ondo, Edo and the entire Delta, Bayelsa Rivers as well as part of Akwa Ibom states against security and economic threats.

He assured the people that Operation Delta Safe was prepared to tackle any criminal action within the Nigerian maritime area and urged criminal elements within the region to have attitudinal change.