From Habiba Ibrahim-Sam
The Edo State Commissioner of Police, CP Abutu Yaro, said the Benin-Ekpoma Road has not recorded any kidnapping activities due to the availability of logistics provided by the state government to the command in combating crime.
He disclosed this in Benin during a meeting with members of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), and other relevant stakeholders in the state.
CP Yaro opined that in the last 120 days, the only kidnapping activity that was witnessed in the state was carried out along the Benin-Lagos expressway near Ogbemudia Farm, adding that it was heavily repelled by men of the operatives of the command.
According to him, “I can confidently attest that in the past 90 days, the road between Benin and Ekpoma has not witnessed kidnapping. In the last 120 days, we had only one kidnapping attempt in Benin-Lagos Expressway at Ogbemudia Farm and which the police reacted totally and effectively rescued the victim and gave the kidnappers a tough firing experience”, he said.
Yaro said the command has further taken delivery of 15 vehicles and other logistics from the state government, that will make policing the state easy, making it safe for businesses and other social activities to thrive.
“I want to use this forum once more to commend the governor of Edo State for initiating this process and for bringing in new and robust security and engineering modern.
“His Excellency, the governor, has placed elaborate CCTV camera system that covers almost every strategic place in the state capital. And, he has re-enforced the police command with additional special forces components from Abuja in order to enable the proportional capacity of the command to remain consistently ahead.
“The governor has equally donated 15 new operational vehicles to the police command which are already deployed to the divisions and as I speak in all the 58 police divisions in Edo state, we are operating with functional mobilities. That is to say, we have functional vehicles and as I speak, the elements of lubricants, petroleum and diesel required to power this vehicles have been in place”, he said.
While commending the Edo Security Network (ESN) for working hand-in-hand with the police in reducing crime and criminality in the state, CP Abutu Yaro stressed that the outfit will be reorganised.
He assured that within the next 72 hours, the officers and men of the operatives would be given adequate training at the Ogida Police Barracks to enable them do their jobs effectively and professionally.
Yaro further said the resolution of the meeting was for all stakeholders to support the Edo State Police Command in actualising the mandate of securing Edo and making it to be more peaceful, urging us to fight violent crimes and criminality especially kidnapping and violent cultism.