Imo State, Nigeria – Brigadier-General Usman Lawal, the Commander of the 34 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, located near Owerri in Imo State, has pledged the Nigerian Army’s unwavering commitment to rejuvenate the nightlife and bolster security for all residents within the state.
This assurance came to light during the inauguration of a Joint Night Patrol Task Force in Owerri on Sunday, which saw the participation of commanders and leaders from various security agencies in Imo.
In his statement, Brigadier-General Lawal highlighted the growing concerns regarding the increasing levels of criminal activities within Owerri Metropolis, emphasizing the critical need to address this rising trend. He further explained that the Joint Night Patrol Teams would harness the skills, dedication, and unyielding determination of soldiers, sailors, airmen, police officers, and personnel from various security agencies to safeguard the lives and properties of the state’s citizens.
Brigadier-General Lawal also issued a stern warning, stressing that professionalism was paramount for personnel engaged in the joint night patrols, and any misconduct or indiscipline within the patrol teams would not be tolerated.
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The necessity to secure the capital city becomes even more apparent due to the recent surge in armed robberies, kidnappings, and related crimes, particularly during the ongoing political season leading up to the November 11th gubernatorial election.
Governor Hope Uzodimma, represented by Dr. Ugorji Okechukwu Ugorji, the Commissioner for Homeland Security and Vigilante Affairs, lauded the establishment of the Joint Night Patrol Task Force, underscoring its pivotal role in ensuring the safety of lives and property. The governor attributed the peace currently experienced in the state to the professionalism displayed by the security agencies.
Governor Uzodimma reaffirmed the state government’s commitment to supporting the security agencies in their efforts to create a safe environment in Owerri Metropolis and across the entire state. He urged Imo residents to collaborate with and provide timely information to the security agencies, thereby facilitating the apprehension of criminals and the preservation of lives and property.