Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has reimposed the 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew across the state to checkmate the growing level of insecurity in Edo State, Igbere TV reports.
This is even as the governor urged law enforcement agencies in the state to verify the activities of thugs and criminals following the hijacking of the #EndSARS protests in the state.
Obaseki spoke on Friday when he received the General Commanding Officer (GOC) of the Nigerian Army’s 2nd Division, Major General Anthony Bamidele Omozoje, at the Government House in Benin City.
Igbere TV reports that the visit was to inform the governor of the army’s plans to embark on an intensified seven-day security operation to fish for criminal elements in the state.
The governor, who thanked the Army Chief of Staff and other senior security officials for refusing to compromise and made sure Edo 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 remaining curfew in Edo, which is being breached. To support their larger seven-day security effort, we are enforcing the curfew from 10 pm to 6 am every day. The city must be closed and anyone outside within this period must be treated in accordance with the law. “
The governor said during the #ENDSARS protest, Edo was a hot spot as thugs took advantage of the great anxiety surrounding the September 19 gubernatorial election to cause chaos.
Obaseki, who secured the government’s support, thanked the commander for the moves he made, which he said would ensure normalcy is restored to the state before the Christmas season.
He noted: “We will increase consultations with various stakeholders, traditional rulers, youth groups and religious leaders during the seven-day operation to sensitize them and solicit their support, cooperation and information to help stop inmates fleeing our correctional facilities.
“We have their data and we would start showing their names and images on social media, TV stations and other media platforms. We would free up hotlines for citizens to call and give vital information to security agencies, especially information about those who have weapons and ammunition in their custody. “
Speaking previously, Major Omozoje said he is in the state to collaborate with other sister security agencies to see how to consolidate the progress made to curb the crime rate witnessed after the EndSARS protests.
“We need to actively pursue these criminals so as not to give them the freedom to operate. The seven-day reinforced security operation will involve all security agencies to arrest criminals and recover weapons and ammunition. “
He said the operation has been carried out in Osun, Kwara, Oyo, Ekiti and now in Edo state, adding: “We would establish fixed checkpoints 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 to reinforce our effort, if necessary.
On Friday, suspected bandits hijacked an Abuja-bound bus belonging to a popular transportation company with 14 passengers in the state along the Benin – Ekpoma highway.
On the same day, a 400-level medical student from Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma was abducted along with the president of the Esan Central local government council.
However, all the kidnapping victims were released, following the alleged payment of N9 million ransom by the owners of the transport company, and the diver is said to have been shot and killed.