Alexander Okere, Benin
Amidst growing concerns over the level of insecurity in Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki on Wednesday announced plans to hold a meeting with the National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen. Babagana Mongonu (retd.).
This is just as the Zone 5 Police Headquarters said that it had deployed operatives and increased patrols across the state.
Edo had in the last three weeks recorded high-profile crimes, including kidnapping and alleged assassination, in different parts of the state.
The Director of Ogba Zoo and Nature Park, Mr. Andrew Ehanire, had on September 24 been kidnapped by gunmen, killing three policemen in the process.
Also, armed men had on October 4 shot dead a senior lecturer at the University of Benin, Prof. Paul Otasowie, few days after a popular musician, Mr. Joseph Osayomore, was kidnapped.
Both Ehanire and Osayomore have yet to regain their freedom as their abductors reportedly demanded N350m and N200m, respectively, as ransom.
However, Obaseki who spoke at the Government House in Benin, explained that the meeting was aimed at providing ways to tackle the upsurge in criminal activities in the state.
He also said that the meeting with the NSA would create the opportunity for him to discuss areas of security collaboration, and raise the bar in intelligence gathering and proactive surveillance in the state.
The governor urged residents of the state to go about their normal business without panic, adding that adequate arrangements had been made to effectively tackle the problem.
According to him, the Nigerian Army had since deployed its personnel in flashpoints in the city in order to forestall a recurrence.
“We have useful information about those who we suspect were involved in the incidents of (the) last few weeks. I want to assure Edo people that normalcy has been restored and they will not likely see the occurrence of such incident again,” Obaseki said in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie.