Security agencies in Gombe State have embarked on a joint road march, to foster unity among the police, military and the paramilitary agencies in combating crime and maintaining peace.
The Gombe State Police Commissioner, Mr. Austin Iwar said the initiative would enhance and strengthen the relationship between the security agencies in ensuring peace and security in the state.
Mr. Iwar said the initiative was conceived by the leadership of the agencies at the headquarters in Abuja, to help in improving the working relationship between them.
It was a colourful site to behold and no single line contained one security agency, as they march through Gombe, covering 5.6 kilometres of distance.
They all sang and march in unity, with various inscriptions such as “Together We Are, We are together 4 Nigeria, We Believe in Nigeria, We are one, Together we Stand.
Back at the Gombe Township Stadium, where the event was held, various Heads of the Security agencies took turns to address the personnel, encouraging them to unite for a safer and peaceful State.
The Police Commissioner told them that their success in fighting crime and keeping Nigeria together would only be achieved, when all the security agencies and agents were all ready to work in unity.
Mr. Iwar said the exercise would be holding quarterly to help in keeping them fit and alert, as well as engendering love, unity and understand among the security agencies.
“For us to succeed in the fight against insurgency and other crimes, we must be willing to work together, we cannot succeed if we are seen fighting ourselves,” Mr. Iwar explained.
The Commander, 301 Artillery Regiment in Gombe State, Colonel Danumar Bello Suleiman said “the unity of the agencies would attract more respect from the public and instil fear in the camps of criminals.’’
The state Director of Department of State Services, Mr. Abdullahi Yahaya said all the agencies have a common task of fighting crimes, preserving law and order as well as protecting lives and property.
“The exercise would not have been possible if the heads were not united, hence the need for the security personnel to let the unity transcend to the lower ranks,’’ he stated said.
The security agencies that participated in the exercise were the Army, the Police, the Directorate of Department of State Services, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Customs, Immigration and Prison services, as well as the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Federal Road Safety Commission.