Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state has charged the Nigerian Army to go after criminal elements disturbing the peace and development of the state.
Speaking during the flagging-off ceremony of the ‘Golden dawn’ operation at 34 Artillery Brigade Forward Operation Base at Orlu, on Wednesday, Uzodinma stated that any form of criminality will not be tolerated by his government.
In a statement by the Nigerian Army on Thursday, Uzodinma was quoted as saying that all the perpetrators of evil in the state will be brought to justice.
The governor also called on other security services to continue to consolidate on the gains so far made in curbing the activities of criminals who are hell-bent on causing pain and hardship on the people.
Uzodinma stated that military exercises will greatly destabilize and bring to a halt the activities of hoodlums, kidnappers, cultists among other criminal elements.
The Governor then commended the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, the Commander 34 Artillery Brigade and his officers and soldiers for their sacrifices in ensuring that Imo state is peaceful.
Uzodinma assured the Army and other security agencies that the state will support them to ensure that Imo remains a peaceful state.
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has brought back the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigeria Police Force.
Naija News reports that former Police boss, Mohammed Adamu, had disbanded the unit last year after the #EndSARS protests.
Adamu had said that the SARS unit was scrapped after series of allegations of brutality, extrajudicial killings, and human rights abuses.
But according to SaharaReporters, the IGP has revived the notorious unit and has released new terms and conditions on the operation of SARS officials.
In a statement on Thursday, the police boss said that SARS has been reformed and new rules of engagement have been issued to its officers.
Baba said that no SARS personnel is allowed to interface in any civil matter, adding that they are not allowed to interfere in cybercrime or arrest suspected fraudsters.
The Police boss, however, stated clearly that SARS officers are strictly for armed robbery and kidnapping cases.