In a bid to ensure that the people of Rivers State enjoy the ‘ember’ month festivities, the state Police Command has launched this year “Operation Ember Flush II” to check the menace of criminals.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bala Hassan who declared the special operation, in Port Harcourt, said the command took the pre-emptive steps to curb crime during the period, noting that some people are known to perpetrate criminal acts during the period.
In his words “It is a well known fact, that, as the year comes to an end from the month of September up to December, criminal activities do increase in the society.
“This is because some groups of people will want to enjoy the festivities by unlawful means, by engaging in all manner of crimes.
“This makes the police to take pre-emptive steps to curb the menace of crime during the period,” Mr. Hassan stated.
The command boss recalled that the operation was first launched last year as “Operation ember flush I,” which was premised on the security reports received during 2007 ember months when he took over the baton of policing the state in May, 2008.
He further recalled that, with the security operation in last year ember months, security reports received showed that the people of Rives State enjoyed a crime free Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Mr. Hassan who commended the effort of the state Government since he took over as commissioner of police, said the Rivers State government under the leadership of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has provided the police with over 100 patrol vehicles, bullet proof vests, walkie-talkie and a host of logistics to ensure the protection of lives and properties in the state.
According to the police boss, the command had created eight additional divisions in Choba, Woji, Rumuolumeni, Afam, Eneka, Ozuoba, Azikiwe and Egbeda for security coverage in the state.
He appealed to the state government to assist in providing the newly created divisions with logistics and more vehicles for security operation.
Speaking at the occasion, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Mr. Magnus Abe restated the government’s readiness to make Rivers State a safe place by ensuring adequate mobilisation of the security apparatus in the state for the protection of lives and properties.
The SSG who was represented by the Permanent Secretary Special Services Bureau, Mr. Sorens Okari commended the police commissioner Mr. Hassan for his effort at re-branding security operations, which he noted has drastically checked the menace of crime in the state.
Magnus Abe promised that the state government would consolidate on the already existing excellent partnership between the police and the state government.