Imo state governor, Hope Uzodimma has set a new record by being the first Nigerian governor to procure locally manufactured security trucks for operation “Search and Flush” in the State.
The newly acquired brand new pickup trucks which are manufactured by Nigeria’s automobile giant, Innoson Vehicle Motors (IVM), include: the IVM G12, built solely for military operations, and the IVM Carrier 4×4.
The pickup trucks will be used as patrol vehicles by the security operatives in the state. The two models are favourites amongst Nigerian security outfits, including the Nigeria Police, Army and the Air Force.
The patronage of Innoson vehicles is a big boost for the local manufacturing industry and it is a clear departure from the usual practices of buying foreign brands for local use by other governments.
During his maiden broadcast in January 2020, Governor Hope Uzodinma had promised to flush out internet fraudsters, kidnappers and ritualists from the state.
“In tandem, we shall launch Operation “FOC,” (Flush Out Criminals) – a combined security operations targeted at flashpoints and centres of high criminal activities; including hideouts; jungles; uncompleted buildings; forest; shrines; lakes and the creeks.” the governor said during that broadcast.
The latest procurement is seen as a furtherance of the governors resolve to secure the state from all security threats.