From Esther Akaa, Lafia
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has distributed 25 brand new motorcycles to security agencies and community volunteer guards, in order to facilitate easy access to criminal hideouts in the state.
Sule distributed the motorcycles at a brief ceremony held on Wednesday at the Government House, Lafia.
According to him, the gesture was to provide necessary tools to security agencies operating in the state, towards protecting the lives and property of the citizens of the state.
He said it has become necessary to support the security agencies in the state with additional motorcycles, following discoveries, especially during recent floods that affected Rukubi, in Doma Local Government Area, in order to enable them access difficult terrains.
“Recently, if you remember, we had a situation about flood in Rukubi. I had to go to Olam to find out exactly what was going on. But during the trip, we came to realize that there are lots of difficult terrains that our security agencies are facing problems.
“What we are doing is just to make sure that all the various security agencies are being provided with the required tools.
“In addition to the vehicles we are giving, we are also giving them these motorcycles because we want to make sure that the people of Nasarawa State are always safe and people of Nasarawa State will continue to be protected,” he said.
Receiving the motorcycles, the newly posted Commissioner of Police, Maiyaki Baba, thanked Governor Sule for the goodwill on behalf of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and other service chiefs.
CP Maiyaki assured the governor of their total commitment to the service of the country and Nasarawa State.
Earlier, the Secretary to the State Government, Barr Muhammad Aliyu, said the present administration under Sule had already distributed 94 motorcycles to security agencies in the state.
Aliyu explained that, the additional 25 motorcycles were purchased due to the demand and nature of the roads, especially in rural areas to enable security agents fish out criminals in their hideouts.
He gave the breakdown of the motorcycles as; police 5, Operation Whirl Stroke 2, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence (NSCDC) 3, 177 Guards Battalion 5, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) 2, Community Volunteer Guards 3, Hunters 3 and Vehicle Inspection Officers 2.