Hope Uzodinma, Imo State governor, has told security agencies not to spare any bandit in the state.
Uzodimma, who spoke on Tuesday during a condolence visit to the headquarters of the police command in Owerri, asked police officers to go after the bandits before they get to them.
“You are the only ones constitutionally empowered to carry a gun.
“And then you allow somebody called bandit who is not licensed to carry a gun to come to your station and kill you.
“Kill them before they come near to kill you,” he said.
The governor promised that his administration will introduce an insurance package for all security operatives serving in Imo.
He revealed that his administration is putting together a welfare programme, in which all the family members of those who died during the unrest in the state would be compensated.
Uzodinma also said his administration will not abandon the families of the slain officers.
While handing over six operational vehicles to the command, he commended the commissioner of police in the state, Abutu Yaro, for improving the security situation in the state in the past six weeks.
Speaking earlier, Yaro said Uzodimma is the only governor to have paid the police such a condolence visit.
He said that the morale of the policemen has been boosted by such visit and pledged on behalf of officers and men, to be more committed to their job.