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Rise in violent crimes in Edo: Obaseki set to meet NSA; Army deploys soldiers to flash-points

Aftermath of the recent rise is criminality, kidnapping and assassinations in Edo State; Governor Godwin Obaseki has scheduled a meeting with the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Mongonu, to discuss ways of tackling the upsurge in parts of the state.

The governor made the disclosure on Wednesday at government house, Benin, while interacting with the media on the measures his administration has put in place to check the violent crimes in parts of the state.

He said the meeting with the National Security Adviser will provide the opportunity for him to discuss areas of security collaboration, and raise the bar in intelligence gathering and proactive surveillance in the state.

Obaseki called on residents of the state to go about their normal businesses without panic, and assured that adequate arrangements have been made to effectively tackle the recent upsurge in security challenges experienced in the state.

Towards this end, the governor said the Nigerian Army has since deployed its personnel to the areas where the crimes were committed, as well as, other flashpoints in the city, to forestall reoccurrence.

“We have useful information about those who we suspect, and were involved in the incidents of 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,” he said.

He added that all arms of government will need to collaborate in sharing of intelligence and trust to ensure efficient security arrangement in Nigeria.

It will be recalled that security concerns in Edo State hightened following the killing of three police officers attached to the Chief Executive Officer of Ogba Zoological Garden, Mr. Andy Ehanire and his subsequent kidnap as well as the kidnap of prominent musician, Osayomore Joseph.

A professor working at the University of Benin was also killed by unknown persons.

The incidents led to protest in Abuja by Edo indigenes calling for the redeployment of the Commissioner of Police, Edo State Command, Haliru Gwandu.

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