The Nigerian Army on Thursday pledged its determination towards a crime free society through effective collaboration with sister agencies and residents in local communities.
Brig.-Gen. Muhammed Danja, Garrison, Commander , 6 Division , Nigerian Army, made this known during the ‘Exercise Still Water’ town hall security meeting in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local area council of Rivers.
Danja noted that absence of security had greatly threatened various sectors of the Nigerian economy hence the need for a vigorous measure to tackle the menace.
“This exercise is taking place simultaneously in four states namely Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers states.
“It is aimed at curtailing and combating all forms of criminalities which are normally on the increase during the ember months.
“Our operation is targeted at oil pipeline vandals, bunkerers, kidnappers, cultists, militants and other criminal elements across Communities,” he said.
He explained that the exercise also included the civil military cooperation.
“Part of our strategy is providing a platform for cooperation with the civil populace because we understand that issues of security cannot be handled by the security agencies alone.
“There must be an effective collaboration for successful engagement and this is one of such avenue where resource persons from across the sister agencies deliver lectures, pep-talks and respond to comments by the public.
”All this is with a view of enhancing information and intelligence gathering.” he said.
Responding, the local government Chairman, Mr Vincent Job, thanked the military for the initiative and promised the council’s support in engendering security in the community.
He urged the army and security agencies to beef up operations in the Communities to forestall crimes and promote peace.
Similarly, a traditional ruler in the area, Eze Igburu of Ogbaland urged government and operating oil companies to focus more on job creation and youth empowerment, adding that unemployment was a major contributor to crime and youth restiveness.
He also advised the youths to desist from crime irrespective of the economic circumstances, saying that there was no justification for engaging in crime.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the town hall meeting was attended by traditional rulers, Community leaders and other security agencies.
They include the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corpse, Police.
The platform also provide the people of the area a chance for learning and interaction amongst the various stakholders.
The programme also conducted lectures on drug addiction, human rights crusade and security tips aimed at educating the youths and residents of the area.(NAN)