The Enugu State Governor, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on Tuesday, handed over 65 patrol vehicles to the state police command to aid its security operations.
The patrol vans were among the 100 units of Innoson vehicles recently purchased by the governor to assist security agencies in the state to effectively discharge their duties of providing adequate security and maintaining peace to engender development.
Ugwuanyi, who had earlier unveiled the vehicles to journalists at the Government House, Enugu, explained that the patrol vans would be handed over to the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, among others.
The governor added that another 260 patrol vans, motorcycles and bicycles had been purchased for distribution to the forest guards and vigilante/neighbourhood watch groups for community policing.
Speaking after receiving the keys to the vehicles, the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdulrahman, commended the governor for the kind gesture.
He said the governor’s gesture was a demonstration of his commitment and determination to secure the people and sustain the state’s glory of being one of the most peaceful in the country.
Abdurrahman stated that Ugwuanyi had given the police the tools to work round the clock and patrol every nook and cranny of the state, “while doing our investigations and surveillance.”
Assuring the governor of the force’s resolve to utilise the vehicles for the purposes for which they were purchased, the CP advised his men and officers against using them for their personal needs.
“You will see them (vehicles) on all our roads and in every nook and cranny of the state doing the job,” he stated.