‘Operation Delta Hawk’ ‘ll flush out criminal herdsmen troubling our communities, says UPU; hails planned security outfit

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>UPU President General, Olorogun Moses Taiga.

The Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) has thumbed up for “Operation Delta Hawk”, the security outfit being worked out by the Delta State Government as a grassroots community policing outfit.
Commending the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration for the initiative, UPU in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Abel Oshevire stated that the initiative to set up the security outfit was coming in the nick of time.
“ It is, indeed, a most welcome development and a right step by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led Administration at tackling the alarming cases of insecurity, kidnappings, killings and other criminal activities in the state, especially herdsmen attacks that have bedeviled Urhoboland, causing huge losses of lives, property and livelihoods,” UPU stated, pointing out that “It is our hope and prayer that with the establishment of “Operation Delta Hawk’, criminal herdsmen that have laid siege to Urhobo Communities and other places in Delta State, would be flushed out of their evil dens in our bushes and forests.”
Full text of the UPU statement reads:
URHOBO PROGRESS UNION (UPU) COMMENDS DELTA GOVT ON ‘OPERATION DELTA HAWK’
The Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), Worldwide wishes to commend the Delta State Government on the proposed ‘Operation Delta Hawk’ security outfit by the administration.

The UPU notes with satisfaction that the security outfit couldn’t have come at a better time than now. It is, indeed, a most welcome development and a right step by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led Administration at tackling the alarming cases of insecurity, kidnappings, killings and other criminal activities in the state, especially herdsmen attacks that have bedeviled Urhoboland, causing huge losses of lives, property and livelihoods.

The UPU has for long cried out to both the Federal and State Governments to rid Urhoboland of criminal elements, especially killer herdsmen, who have made life unbearable for our people, who accommodated them as fellow Nigerians. While we await response of the Federal Government, we deem the proposed crime outfit as an answer to our pleas by the Okowa Administration. It is our hope and prayer that with the establishment of “Operation Delta Hawk’, criminal herdsmen that have laid siege to Urhobo Communities and other places in Delta State, would be flushed out of their evil dens in our bushes and forests.

Our communities and forests are very much in need of fresh air from these monstrous and killer herdsmen, whose activities is a threat to food security and economy of the Urhobo Nation, and the State at large. We strongly believe that eradicating kidnapping and other criminal activities in our society will surely restore Investors’ confidence and accelerate growth and development across the State.

We hereby appeal to the State Government to work with the leadership of the various ethnic nationalities in the State as it works out modalities for the establishment of the outfit, to ensure the full realisation of the objectives of the scheme. The UPU is willing to offer its input in this regard.

We wish to also prevail on the State Government to be above socio-political and partisan considerations in the structure, personnel, funding and infrastructure of the proposed Operation Delta Hawk.

We hereby urge the State Government to urgently set into motion the legal machinery that would give the proposed outfit a legal backing.

Signed:

Hon Abel Oshevire
National Publicity Secretary, UPU

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