Edo Police Commissioner Johnson Babatunde Kokumo has said that a sizeable population of criminals have been arrested in connection with “all manner of crimes” going on in Benin City.
He spoke while assuring residents of Benin, the Edo state capital of respite from criminal activities with the deployment by the Inspector-general of 5 Units of Police mobile force to the state and a vigilante outfit.
He said the coming of the units will help secure most parts of the state especially Upper Sokponba and others which appear to have been hardest hit by renewed crime wave of recent.
Kokumo who attributed the increasing crime wave in the state to the #EndSARS jail break in Benin city where over 2,000 inmates were forcefully set free, said 200 of them were on death row.
He said the Police can onky rid the state of criminals if they getcp useful information from members of the public and especially towards re-arresting the escapees.
Continuing, the CP said: “it’s our responsibility to sanitize the State and the Inspector General of police has gone ahead with confidence building of the police after the #EndSARS.
“We will keep talking to our men not to police with bitterness. But never again will it happen for someone carrying jack-knife to kill a policeman carrying AK-47.
“The police will no longer fold its hands and die like chicken…I want everyone to take the message home to neighbours and their children.
“Police should use their arms professionally if our lifes are in danger or defending others whose lifes are facing possible death and we will have justification to use our arms.”