Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has stated that the State Government will support the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army in the strengthening the Security Architecture of the state.
The governor advised the officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army 6 Division against the politicisation of crime, noting that security was vital to the actualisation of all developmental programmes.
Speaking during a courtesy visit by the General Officer Commanding the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Kasimu Abdulkareem on Thursday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said enhanced security leads to the development of other sectors.
He said: “Let me assure you that as a government, we will continue to support the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army with the needed logistics to carry out her duties. Security leads to the improvement of the other sectors”.
He commended the new General Officer Commanding the 6 Division for the quick successes in Ogba/Egbema/ Ndoni Local Government Area ( ONELGA) where cultists were uprooted.
The governor urged the military to step up its operations in ONELGA to dislodge the remnants of cultists who refused to accept the State Amnesty Programme by laying down their arms.
He lauded the Federal Government for establishing the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army to help fight crime in the state, pointing out that his administration would continue to work for the unity of the country.
In his remarks, General Officer Commanding, 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Kasimu Abdulkareem said that the new division was created on November 7, 2016 out of the 82 Division to promote regional security.
He said the division, with headquarters in Port Harcourt covers Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Delta and Bayelsa States.
According to him, the new division would fight pipeline vandalism, cultism and militancy. The General Officer Commanding the 6 Division called on the Rivers State Government to support the division.