ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Patriots Alliance, a non-governmental organisation, has commended the release and entry of armoured surveillance helicopters former President Goodluck Jonathan reportedly prohibited from entering Nigeria.
The group said it “heartily” commended President Muhammadu Buhari for facilitating the release of the two helicopters.
“We understand that these high level security aircrafts were purchased by the administration of former Governor Rotimi Amaechi, for surveillance along water ways and protection of oil pipelines and other facilities,”said Solomon Okocha, an executive of the alliance.
“However, it is impossible to conceal the fact that our hearts are filled with mixed feelings.”
We remember vividly that there was no justification for former President Jonathan to have stopped the entry of these aircrafts that would have highly aided the Nigerian Security Agencies in the fight against illegal oil bunkering, pipeline vandalisation, terrorism, kidnapping, and piracy.”Okocha said the organisation “frowned” at Jonathan for “playing politics with a matter as sensitive as this.
““We are also not impressed that the likes of Governor Nyesom Wike, KennethKobani and others that worked closely with the former President could not convince him of the need to shun political parochialism and look unto thebigger picture.”
“We say this because of the far-reaching socio-economic benefits the rightdeployment of these aircrafts would bring to Rivers State and by extensionthe entire nation.”
Meanwhile, Okocha said the Patriots Alliance welcome the new Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, as he resumed duty in Port Harcourt.“
“We are happy that the new CP has declared a state of persona non grata on criminals currently operating in Rivers State. We are confident that because the new CP is said to be a professional and an apolitical officer, we are sure of a more secured Rivers State.”
– CAJ News