Wike urges Army to uproot cultism in Rivers

Wike urges Army to uproot cultism in Rivers

Thursday, January 5, 2017 6:41 pm


Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, General Officer Commanding 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Kasimu Abdulkareem and Commander 6 Division Garrison, Brigadier General Kabiru Garba during a visit of the General Officer Commanding to the Rivers State Governor at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday.

Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, General Officer Commanding 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Kasimu Abdulkareem and Commander 6 Division Garrison, Brigadier General Kabiru Garba during a visit of the General Officer Commanding to the Rivers State Governor at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday.

Rivers  Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that his administration will  support the 6 Division  of  the  Nigerian Army  in the strengthening  the Security Architecture of the state and its environs.

But the Governor  advised the officers and men of the Nigerian Army  6 Division  against  the  politicization  of crime, noting that security  is 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  will  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 informed  that the new division  was created on 7 November, 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.

 

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