Operation Delta Hawk, a new security outfit floated by the Delta State Government to enhance security of lives and property in the state, has been inaugurated by Governor Ifeanyi with a call on residents of the state to assist in tracking down criminals and their associates.
Inaugurating the new security outfit at its official headquarters on Asaba, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said that “Operation Delta Hawk” was a proactive step towards checkmating insecurity in all parts of the state headlong, stressing that the challenge of insecurity was already taking alarming dimension.
He noted that security operatives have given their best in the fight against cultism, herders/farmers clashes, kidnapping, armed robbery and other atrocious crimes, adding that Operation Delta Hawk which comprised of different security agencies and vigilante group would assist in flushing out criminal elements and criminality in the state.
The governor affirmed that the unity among different security agencies in the state had helped in promoting peace building and fight against criminal elements and pledged to continue to invest resources into the security sector for the overall development of the state.
The governor said Delta State being a home for all, was not an avenue of armed herdsmen to cause chaos, adding that those masqureding themselves as herdsmen with weapons would be given a hot chase and made to face the full weight of the law.
“Today, we have finally come to inaugurate the Operation Delta Hawk which is a journey that we started a year ago.
We had to put a lot of planning into it. I must truly thank all our service commanders for all that they did to ensure the success of the operationalization of the Operation Delta Hawk.
In Delta State, just like other states of the federation, there is no doubt that a lot of kidnapping still take place, there is a lot of banditry, cultism and it is really getting difficult for us to face and worst still is the clashes between herdsmen and farmers.
While calling on traditional rulers, religious leaders, youth leaders and other critical stakeholders, to assist the new security outfit, he pledged to procure more operational vehicles and other security gadgets by next year.
Earlier in his address, the Secretary to the state government, Mr. Chiedu Ebie who thanked Governor Okowa for providing the fund and other logistics for the seamless take off of the Operation Delta Hawk, charged the officers and men involved in the fight against crime to put in their best with a view to justifying government’s huge investment in the security architecture.
He said that the new security outfit was a clear indication that the security of residents of the state was very dear to the governor, adding “what we are witnessing today is the culmination of 12 months of intense research, planning and engagement aimed at finding a lasting solution to the problem of insecurity in the state.
The Coordinator of Operation Delta Hawk, Hon. David Tonwe said no effort would be spared in making the state a safe place for all.
In their separate remarks, the Chairman, Delta State Security Trust Fund (DSSTF), Elder Emmanuel Ogidi and the Executive Secretary of the agency, Chief Sam Osasa said that the DSSTF was set to advance security in the state and sued for the contribution of the private sector and donor agencies as government cannot do it alone.
On their part, the Chairman, Delta State Traditional Rulers Council, Dr. Emmanuel Efeizomor II and the first Vice Chairman of the Council, the orodje of Okpe, Orhue 1, thanked the governor for the bold step and called on residents of the state to assist the new security outfit so as to achieve set goals.
Items inaugurated at the flag off ceremony included operation vehicles, body amour, communication gadgets and other security apparatus used in gathering information on security related issues.