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ICT Crucial For Effective Crime Control, Says Gov Oborevwori

He made these remarks on Wednesday during a courtesy visit from the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) in charge of the ICT Department.

By Arex Stefani

Delta State Governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, emphasized the crucial role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in effectively combating all forms of criminality in the country.

Governor Oborevwori stated that the effective use of ICT in crime fighting would promote peace and create a business-friendly environment, ultimately boosting investor confidence in Nigeria.

He made these remarks on Wednesday during a courtesy visit from the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) in charge of the ICT Department, Force Headquarters, DIG Sokari Pedro, who also serves as the Chief Police Officer for the South South geopolitical zone, at Government House, Asaba.

The Governor highlighted that ICT has significantly improved the effectiveness, efficiency, and capacity of the Nigerian Police Force in handling investigations, intelligence gathering, and the prosecution of suspects.

Praising the efforts to make the Nigerian Police Force ICT-compliant, Oborevwori commended the Police Force for their role in protecting lives and property and for their collaboration with the state government to maintain peace in Delta State.

“In my MORE Agenda, I promised Deltans that I am going to enhance peace and security. This is where I grew up and I know the terrain very well. The peace we have enjoyed for the past one year, despite what happened in Okuama, is beyond human expection.

“I am also glad that when they were giving awards in Nigeria, some persons who have helped us through the Commissioner of Police and other security agencies, got awards.

“If we are not doing well, they will not get those awards. There is a particular place in Delta State, where, for almost 20 years, you see civilians illegally bearing rifles and even to arrest them was a problem.

“But when one of your officers was transfered there, I will tell you today that you can drive through that place without fear any time any day. He has recovered a lot of arms. If he hears any gunshot, he goes to trace who had shot the gun.

“I want to commend you people for giving us that gallant officer at Ekpan. Today, Ekpan is very peaceful and I thank God that the IGP gave him an award,” the governor said.

He noted that managing Delta State, with its diverse ethnic groups, was challenging, but the support provided by the state government had empowered the Nigerian Police to ensure the state’s safety and security.

The Governor announced that his administration had procured vehicles to enhance police operational efficiency and that he would soon invite the Inspector-General of Police to commission them.

Earlier, DIG Pedro mentioned that his visit to Government House, Asaba, was part of a familiarization tour of states within his jurisdiction. He called for collective support to combat criminal elements in the state.

The DIG highlighted the strategic importance of the South South geopolitical zone and advocated for strong partnerships between state governments, the police, and other security agencies to foster lasting peace.

He praised Governor Oborevwori for his achievements in his first year in office and for his support of the Delta State Command of the Nigeria Police Force. He assured the Governor of full cooperation in maintaining law and order in Delta State and the broader region.

The DIG also commended the Oborevwori administration’s human capital development efforts, which have positively impacted youths and the unemployed, helping to reduce youth restiveness and criminal activities. He expressed satisfaction with the pace of infrastructural development in the state.

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