Delta State Government has come out to say that it has started working on establishing a security force to check rising insecurity in the state.
Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Chiedu Ebie revealed this at a news conference in Asaba, and said that the proposed security outfit would be named “Operation Delta Hawk”.
According to him, the insecurity issues have been the focus of the state government since it was elected into power and the governor will keep doing everything possible to make Delta as peaceful as possible.
He added that Delta State has been active in engaging with herders and their host communities to make sure there is a mutual trust and peaceful co-existence between them on a daily basis.
His words, “This matter has been under the focus of the State Government since the inception of this administration and had informed the appointments and governance structure that has been created since then.
“It included the creation of Office of Special Adviser (Peace-Building and Conflict Resolution), appointments of persons of Northern extraction, and formation of Vigilante Groups in various communities.
“At the same time, we have been very active in the use of intelligence and a recent outcome of this application is the demolition and relocation of the Abraka Market which had turned into a meeting point and haven for criminally-minded persons.
“We have also been quite active in engaging with herders and their host communities to ensure mutual trust and peaceful co-existence through the offices of some of the political appointees.
“Against this background, the recent clashes are quite unfortunate, but let me re-assure Deltans that the administration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is rising up to this challenge.
“Already, full compliments of our security outfit are investigating the incidents and I am aware that some arrests have been made as mentioned by the Commissioner of Police recently.”