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Gov vows to flush out criminals in Imo

Gov. Owelle Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has declared total war against criminals stating that his administration would stop at nothing to ensure that hoodlums are flushed out in the state. Speaking with reporters after paying an unscheduled visit to a bank that was recently robbed in Owerri, Gov. Okorocha disclosed that his administration in collaboration with security agencies would launch “Operation – Shot – Down – Imo” as part of the strategies to make the state crime-free. He urged banks to always employ the services of security agencies as well apply appropriate security measures in their operations. Gov. Okorocha also stated that government would soon disclose dedicated phone lines to the public for quick intervention against criminals, even as he enjoined the public to be always ready to collaborate with the security agencies in the fight against crime by volunteering information when necessary. He urged the youths to desist from involving in criminal activities warning that the law must surely catch up with those who have proven unrepentant. It would be recalled that Gov. Okorocha shortly on assumption of office procured over 100 security vans with communication gadgets under Operation Rescue Imo project. The vehicles were distributed to security agencies for effective community policing which has largely contributed to the drastic reduction of crime rate in the state. The renewed commitment of Gov. Okorocha in the fight against crime has also reduced kidnapping in the state which was on the high rate before the present administration took over the reign of power in the state.

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