Inspector General of Police (IG), Mohammed Adamu has assisted the Edo command with more men and officers to help deal with the rising crime wave in parts of the state.
Mr Johnson Kokumo, Edo Commissioner of Police, who gave this indication in a radio program called, ‘Dialogue’, in Benin said the aim is to help keep criminals and their activities at bay during and after the Yuletide.
Kokumo said this explains the increased presence of security operatives especially along the dreaded Benin – Auchi road which has become notorious for kidnapping in the last few weeks.
According to him,” We have received more men from the Force Headquarters, the Inspector General of Police in his wisdom has sent in more hands, more police operatives to assist Edo state in dominating the public space to ensure that we keep the activities of criminals at bay and in the Benin – Auchi road.
“There is increased police visibility not only police, you will equally observe military presence so policing state is not a one man show, it is a collaborative efforts of the police, the army, the air force, Civil Defence, DSS, Immigrations; we are all working together to ensure that we provide security.
He noted: “I want to say in very clear terms that there is increased security presence on that road and this is to endure travellers safety during the yuletide”.
Meanwhile the CP has declared that there is no rivalry among security agencies in the state as being insinuated in some quarters but that it has been the collaboration among them that was responsible for the gradual return of peace to the state aftermath of the violent turn of the EndSARS protest in the state.
“There is no division among sister security agencies in Edo. I am the commissioner of Police in the state and I am the chairman of the Heads of Security Agencies providing security for lives and properties in the state.
“We don’t have such rivalry, if there is anything that will require the synergy, collaboration and cooperation of the agencies it is a question of reaching out to other heads of services and they are always willing and ready to do the needful to ensure that we fight crime and criminality from all fronts”, he said.