The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division of the #NigerianArmy, Maj Gen Jamil Sarham, has said that out of the 36 states of federation, Akwa Ibom has the lowest crime rate.
He hinted this during a courtesy call on the state Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, at the Executive Council Chambers, Governor’s Office, Uyo, on Tuesday.
Mr Sarham commended Governor Emmanuel and the good people of Akwa Ibom State for the peaceful coexistence currently witnessed in the state, adding that if there is no peace, socioeconomic development cannot thrive in any society.
The immediate past Commandant of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Jaji, Kaduna State, who recently assumed duty as the new General Officer Commanding 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, noted that the visit was to register his presence in the State.
According to him, “The essence of my presence is to inform you that we will be conducting an exercise called “Operation Crocodile Smile” to drive peace and harmony in the state.”
The State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, in his response, thanked the army for the contributions to the special task force that helped sanitise the state of some criminal elements, particularly in Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun areas, and added that this has also sent signals of a zero-tolerance for criminal activities to other parts of the state.
He said “I’m happy that through the support of the entire Military and Joint Task Force (JTF), we have been able to sanitise and restore normalcy in those local government areas.”
The Governor pledged the commitment and readiness of the state government to support the military in tackling insecurity. “You cannot measure peace by any material investment. Whatever I do in security, I see it as investment. For you to enjoy peace, you must invest something, so whatsoever we spend in security is an investment.”
By Ima Akpabio @ Akwa Ibom