BY EMMANUEL MGBEAHURUIKE, Owerri
Deputy governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere has commended the Armed Forces for its effort in ensuring the internal security, safeguarding and protecting the territorial integrity of the nation.
Madumere made this commendation yesterday while receiving in audience, Brig Gen Hamza Bature, the Brigade Commander of 34 Field Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Owerri in his office at the Government House Owerri, Imo State.
He showered encomium on the Nigerian military for taking patriotic measures in ensuring that Nigeria is saved from the menace of book haram insurgency, which he said earned the country great respect in the comity of nations.
He also commended President Mohammadu Buhari led Federal Government for its resolute and pragmatic steps to return the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to its glory.
The number two citizen of Imo State used the opportunity to thank the army and other security agencies for their joint effort in chasing away kidnappers and other miscreants from Imo State through a joint task force, which the military played a strategic role through their interventions.
While describing Imo State as a tourist destination giving its strategic position in South-East and South-South with attendant visits of all shades of people, Prince Madumere called for greater strategic partnership between Imo State Government and Nigerian Army and other security agencies to sustain the safety, secure and peaceful disposition of the State.
He therefore sought a continuous understanding in crime prevention in the State, assuring General Bature of Owelle Rochas Okorocha-led government usual cooperation.
Earlier, Bature thanked Owelle Rochas Okorocha led government for its cooperation and security friendly disposition.
He hinted the readiness of the Obinze Artillery Brigade to give a strategic backing to other security organisations, which he said will go a long way to achieving a more secure Imo State.
He said the reason for their consideration is not unconnected to the mandate of the military organization to intervene when necessary in the area of internal security. He said the cooperation is necessary following the growing number of visitors, tourists and investors in the State, fearing some bad eggs who might want to take undue advantage of the people if proactive measures are not taken.
Speaking further, he said since his arrival on May 10, 2017 to the State, he had paid friendly visits to other security organisations and traditional institutions preaching synergy, collaboration and close of ranks with a view to building effective security architecture to secure the State better.