By Hassan Zaggi
In an effort to contain the increasing cases of violent attacks and breakdown of law and order in the south-south region, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, has launched a new special security action plan, “OPERATION RP” in the South-South region of the country.
The special security plan is also aimed atcontaining the heightened threats to lives and property occasioned by the secessionists activities of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN) and other criminal elements in the region.
The IGP flagged-off the special operation, Wednesday at the Sharks Football Stadium, Port-Harcourt.
The move, according to him, is a continuation of the implementation process of the special operation in the country.
The IGP, however, condemned the increased cases of kidnapping, armed robbery, cult-related violence, economic sabotage and other threats to public safety bedeviling the region.
These crimes, the IGP observed, are in addition to series of violent attacks on security personnel and formation in the region.
He, however, expressed optimism that the new special operation action plan will re-order and stabilize security in the South-South region, noting that personnel deployed for the operation have been charged to courageously and fiercely defend themselves and innocent citizens as well as critical national infrastructure against any arms-bearing criminal group or elements.
The IGP commended the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, other South-South Governors, traditional rulers, community leaders, religious leaders and other state actors in the region, for their individual and collective efforts toward supporting the Police and the law enforcement community in achieving a safe, secure and peaceful south-south region.
He assured that the new special operation will provide an all-inclusive front to confront criminal elements, take the battle to their doorsteps and re-order the cherished national values of peace and unity in the region.