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Delta Government collaborates with security agencies to curtail insecurity



Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu


In a move to geared towards curtailing incidences of kidnapping, cultism and other violent crimes, The Delta State Government in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies have expanded security checks on major highways in the State.
The State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, stated this today(31/8/20) at a press conference at Asaba.
Mr Aniagwu explained that the increase of security personnel stationed on highways are to ensure protection of lives and property.
He appealed for the people’s cooperation as the actions of the security agents will benefit of all.

Also, Aniagwu disclosed that the State Government will enforce strict implementation of the ‘anti-deve’ law which proscribes illegal and forceful entry into development sites across the state.

He warned violators of the State Public and Private Properties Protection Law signed into law by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in 2018.

The commissioner was reacting to concerns that despite the enactment of the law, some community leaders and youths were still flouting the law by harassing business owners and property developers in the state.

Aniagwu revealed that Governor Okowa had received some alarming reports from both public and private developers on the development.

He called on the people to report such harassments to law enforcement agencies who are empowered by law to prosecute the offenders.

“You will recall that two years ago, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa assented to a piece of legislation outlawing what we used to call “deve”

“We are making it very clear that, that law is still in force because we are getting reports that some persons are still harassing some individuals and that if anybody harasses you because you want to develop your plot of land, or your property, you are at liberty to notify the law enforcement agencies to prosecute such persons.

“You don’t say because that law has been signed and take the law into your hands to fight anybody who wants to harass you. Take advantage of that law to invite the law enforcement agencies whose duty it is to prosecute such persons.

“We are also seizing this opportunity to warn those who think that they can harass big investors, being it local or foreign that we will not hesitate to take advantage of that law to prosecute anybody found wanting in this regard.

“This is because we have observed before coming up with that law, that the “deve” mentality impinges on development in a number of areas and that those who wanted to develop their plots of land or bring some other investments, were disturbed by this practice and that’s why we outlawed it so that we can speed up the process of development of our state.

“We are convinced that if the state develops as fast as we desire it to, that these individuals who think that deve is the only true way they can survive, will even get employment gainfully and have more legitimate job to do than attacking people and asking for deve levy.

“The state Government frowns at it and will take the advantage of the law to prosecute whoever is reported or arrested because we believe that such person is an enemy of the state. We do not want people who have suffered and laboured to bring such development to our state to be disturbed on account of that.” he said.

The Commissioner also announced further easing of lockdown on worship centres in the state, saying they can now hold more than one service but with strict adherence to COVID-19 prevention protocols.

“Before now Churches were not allowed to hold more than one serve at their worship centres because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“But now we are going to be holding more than one service, but they must still adhere strictly to the social distancing rule, wearing of face masks, washing of hands or use of hand sanitisers before worshippers are allowed into the premises of such worship centres.

“We believe that our people have been sufficiently sensitised to understand that this protocol need to be observed but we have also observed that there are some individuals who believe in that dream world that COVID-19 is a scam.

“To such persons we will still take steps to sensitise them taking advantage of the traditional institution and of course the religious bodies to also help us pass the message across while also preaching the message of salvation.

He appealed to those whose business have been impacted by the lockdown to be patient with government as it will be easier to revive the economy than to revive the dead.

“We are still taking steps in collaboration with the Presidential Task Force to review some of the lockdown decisions we took earlier and we appeal to our brothers who are into businesses like entertainment to bear with us. Little by little the curve is being flattened and once we get out of this we will begin to live our normal lives.” he stated.

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