Delta State Government has launched an independent security outfit, code-named “Operation Delta Hawk,” to fight the growing insecurity across the state and to put an end to the rising cases of incidents of herdsmen killings, kidnapping and hostage-taking for ransom in the state.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chiedu Ebie, said that the state Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, was worried about herders and host communities incessant conflicts, attacks on farmers and other criminal activities.
Addressing journalists yesterday at the Government House in Asaba, the state capital, the SSG along with the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu and the Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifeijika, said the security outfit, which will be supervised by the state government, would not undermine the planned regional security outfit under the aegis of the BRACED Commission of the South-South states.
Ebie said: “As a government, we have put the necessary framework in place to launch a special security outfit code-named “Operation Delta Hawk,” an independent security outfit to be established by legislation.
“The recent incidents of kidnappings by alleged herdsmen and casualties that involved vigilante members have compelled the need for conscious action to arrest the ugly trend. The police and security agencies have made some arrests in respect of the incidents and investigations are ongoing though the details cannot be made public until the investigations are concluded to ascertain the persons involved.”
He also reiterated the role of traditional rulers in ensuring proper tenancy agreement between herders and their host communities through a workable Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) before a parcel of land is released for cattle settlement.