The Imo Stategovernment has donated 20 Hilux vehicles to the Imo Security Network, a local security agency in the state.
This development comes as a way of boosting security surveillance and monitoring, as the Imo Stategovernment expresses worry over the rising spate of kidnapping in the state.
The vehicles were donated on Wednesday by the Imo State Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu, who represented Governor Okorocha at the Sam Mbakwe Exco Chambers at the Government House in Owerri, the state capital in southeast Nigeria.
He said that the patrol vehicles would go a long way in fighting crime, especially kidnapping and other related criminal activities in the State.
While reiterating his commitment to providing adequate security for the people of the state, Governor Okorocha urged the local security agency to work closely and partner with other agencies in the state to reduce crime.
He also gave cash rewards to 50 personnel among the security men for creditably doing well in the discharge of their duties.
Receiving the patrol vehicles, the coordinator of the agency commended the state government, while he added that they would sustain their cooperation with other security agencies to eliminate crime in the state.
Not fewer than 17 suspected members of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists were killed in the early hours of Wednesday by men of the Nigerian Army in Biu Local Government Area of Borno State in north-east Nigeria, a top military officer said.
The army officer, who does not want his name mentioned, told Channels Television that the sect members after attacking Azare of Hawul Local Government Area also in Borno state in a convoy proceeded to Biu and attempted to enter the Barracks located at the southern part of the town but their mission was cut short.
“The dreaded militants entered Biu and were proceeding to the Barracks as they always do to security formations while entering any town, but we intercepted them and 17 of them were killed instantly.”
He also said many of their vehicles were seized while some ammunitions and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) were successfully detonated at the scene of the interception.
Residents confirmed that 17 bodies of the militants were deposited at the site of the interception while five Hilux vehicles belonging to the insurgents were seen at the site.
The residents also hail the security forces for their gallantry and prayed for the restoration of peace across the country.
The Chairman of neighbouring Hawul Local Government Council, Dr. Andrew Usman Malgwe, had confirmed to Channels Television that the insurgents came to Azare town around 5:30am and attacked the town burning the divisional police station in the Area.