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Gov. Obaseki Deploys More Security to Tackle Insecurity

The Edo State Governor, Gov. Godwin Obaseki has deploys more security personnel to tackle insecurity in Edo.

The Governor reiterate the already existing 10pm to 6am curfew in the Edo state to checkmate the surge of insecurity in Edo.

This was done as the governor Obaseki urges security personnel in the state to checkmate the activities of criminals and hoodlums following the hijack of the #EndSARS protests in Edo state.

Governor Obaseki spoke during a press briefing on Friday when he received the General Commanding Officer (GOC) 2 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Anthony Omozoje Bamidele, at the Government House, Benin City.

The visit was a prompt visit to inform the governor on plans drawn by the Nigerian military to go on a compulsory 7 day tightened security operation to smoke out criminal elements in Edo state.

Mr. Obaseki who thanked the senior security officers and Chief of Army Staff for refusing to be concure and ensured that Edo state had a free, fair and credible election, said their actions have saved and sustained democracy in the State and Nigeria.

Obaseki said: “We have a subsisting curfew in Edo, which is being breached. To support your seven-day heightened security effort, we are reinforcing the curfew from 10pm to 6am daily. The town should be on lockdown and anyone found outside within this period should be dealt with according to the law.”

The governor said during the #ENDSARS protest, Edo was a hotspot, as hoodlums took advantage of the heightened anxieties surrounding the September 19 governorship election to cause mayhem.

Obaseki, who assured of the government’s support, thanked the commanding officer for the moves made, which he said would ensure normalcy is restored in the State ahead of the yuletide season.

He noted: “We will increase consultations with various stakeholders, traditional rulers, youth groups and religious leaders over the seven-day operation to sensitize them and solicit for their support, cooperation and information to help rearrest the fleeing inmates from our correctional centers.

“We have their data and we would commence flashing their names and pictures on social media, television stations and other media platforms. We would release hotlines for citizens to call and give vital information to security agencies, especially information on those that have arms and ammunition in their custody”.

Speaking earlier, Major Omozoje said he is in the state to collaborate with other sister security agencies to see how to consolidate on the gains being made in curbing the rate of criminality witnessed after the EndSARS protests.

“We need to go actively after these criminals in order not to give them the liberty to operate. The seven days heightened security operation will involve all security agencies to arrest criminals and recover arms and ammunition.”

He said the operation has been carried out in Osun, Kwara, Oyo, Ekiti and now Edo State, adding, “We would establish fixed check points at very critical locations within the City.

“After the operation, an evaluation will be carried out to know the level of success. We have men in Ibadan and Akure who are ready re-enforce our effort, if need be.

On Friday, suspected bandits abducted an Abuja-bound bus belonging to a popular transport company with 14 passengers in the state along the Benin – Ekpoma Expressway.

Same day, a 400 level female medical student of Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma was abducted alongside chairman of Esan Central local government council.

All kidnap victims have however been released, following the alleged payment of N9 million ransom by owners of the transport company, with the diver said to have been shot dead.

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