The Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Ibrahim Idris as his first operational assignment to curb militancy and other violent crimes, especially the current attacks on oil facilities by the Niger Delta militants, on 1st July, 2016, conducted on-the-spot assessment and evaluation of security situation in some flash points in the creeks of Delta State.
In recent times, some riverine communities in the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria witnessed renewed militancy occasioned by pipeline and oil installations vandalization, thereby causing environmental and security challenges.
During a courtesy call on the Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, IGP Idris said that one of the strategies to tackle crimes in the country will be the formation of Eminent Persons Forum (EPF) in collaboration with State Governments and various communities. The Eminent Persons Forum will be engaged in conflict resolution arbitration.
The Governor congratulated the IGP on his well deserved appointment and promised to cooperate and assist the IGP in the task of crime management.
In a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Donald Awunah, the IGP who was accompanied on the visit by the Commissioner of Police in charge Police Mobile Force, Commissioner of Police in charge Border Patrol, Heads of Operational and Tactical Teams as well as the Commissioner of Police, Delta State conducted aerial surveillance/patrol of some riverine communities, which include Ugborodo, Madawo, Oparoza and Camp Five.
IGP Idris held interactive session with elders, youths and members of Ugborodo and Oparoza communities, admonishing them to be law abiding and cooperate with law enforcement agencies by exposing criminal elements in their communities.
He assured the communities that the Police under his leadership will engage every community in accordance with international core values of policing with integrity, respect diversity, operate within the principles of democratic policing and cultivate the culture of professionalism.
The Community Leaders assured the IGP of their unalloyed support, cooperation and active partnership.