Governor Godwin Obaseki has team up with Stakeholders towards ending reported killings and other crimes in some parts of the State after weeks of anger at Nigeria loathed Special Anti-robbery Squad Unit (SARS) protest.
Elders, Dukes (Enigie), religious and opinion leaders with the State Commissioner of police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo during the inauguration of Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Council Vigilante which held on Monday at the Council’s Secretariat at Idogbo at the instance of Governor Godwin Obaseki.
The Chairman of Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of the State, Dr. Eric Osayande, told journalists at the end of the meeting of elders Dukes (Enigie), religious and opinion leaders with the State Commissioner of police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo.
Osayande said the Governor gave them a directive that call all the group leaders from the various Communities to a meeting and ask them to deploy traditional methods of policing their locality.
He assured that recruited 70 members of the Vigilante, will assist conventional security agents in fighting crime and paid monthly by the Local Government Council.
“The Governor had given us a directive that we must call all the Odionwere, Enigie, Oka-Idun, and others and ask them to go back to the traditional methods of Vigilante.
“It was not beautiful last Week. But, the way the Commissioner reacted, I was so happy. He has put in so many strategies that will enhance policing in the Wards and Streets as well as Communities. I am very happy.
“We have recruited 70 Vigilante for not to complement the efforts of conventional security apparatus in the Local Government”, he said.
Addressing Stakeholders at the meeting, the State Commissioner of police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, conveyed the approval of the deployment of police Constabularies who had their passing out parade on Saturday to the locality.
He said that the operatives were drawn from the various Communities in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area and its environs in addition to a joint patrol team, comprising the military, the Nigerian Army, operatives of Department of State Security (DSS), and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC).
“I have also promised the Local Government Chairman that we are also going to have the police Constabularies who had their passing out parade on Saturday here. They were drawn from the various Communities. Of course, that is even the basis.
A Constabulary, is a Civil, non-paramilitary (police) force consisting of police officers, organised and trained along military lines, which may contain paramilitary elements.
According to him, “There is a downward trend of crimes and criminality in this Community. We are living no stone unturned towards ensuring that we dominate the public space.
“We are having a joint patrol team, comprising the military, the Army, DSS, NSCDC.
In a veiled reference to the recent attacks on some police personnel including a deputy Commissioner of police by hoodlums in the area, the State Commissioned of police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, warned that “never again will any anybody attack any police personnel in Edo. Enough is enough”.
He stressed that: “We will no longer fold our arms or allow criminal elements to open fire on our men. Our personnel will use their arms professionally. We have justification to use out firearms when lives a life is in danger”.