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Edo: vigilante incorporated to security system

On Monday, Mr. Godwin Obaseki the governor of Edo state has disclosed that the state had decided to incorporate the vigilante group into the new security system. He said that the new security architecture will accommodate vigilante groups from various communities in order to support security agencies across the state The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has said that the state’s new security architecture will accommodate vigilante groups from various communities, who will be expected to assist in maintaining peace and order across the state.

Currently, Edo state has been battling series of attack from Fulani herdsmen on residency within the state and the new security system will help solidify the architecture framework of the restructured Operation Thunderstorm. The state said the new security architecture comes on the heels of recent attacks on innocent Edo people by bandits, and will serve as a robust

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The new development will be empowered with at least 36 operational vehicles to be supplied by the 18 local government councils of the state.

Mr. Godwin Obaseki made the latest development know when he had a meeting concerning the state security with security chiefs in the state, elders and other members of different communities in and around Ugboha. The location of the said meeting was at Esan South East Local Government Area Secretariat, Ubiaja,

Mr. Godwin Obaseki  noted that the new security measures are intended to forestall breakdown of law and order across the state

He said, “I am here because of a serious security breach. We have always lived together in this state despite our differences. I am concerned because of a growing national trend. The security of our country is being undermined. We want to caution that we will not allow what is happening across the country to get to Edo State.”

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“I am working with the Commissioner of Police. We are going to totally overhaul the command and postings in the Police. Of particular interest is the Police structure in Esan land. We are going to have a Police Force that is highly mobile and integrated with the community arrangements, whether they are vigilantes or hunters. This is to ensure that if there are suspicious movements, the information will be sent across promptly.”

“With the structure we now have in place, we believe that the communities will now give us more information. As much as we will reorganise the police command, the committees we have at the local government level must now be replicated at the community level. Every ward must have the same arrangement. We have to involve our hunters so that everybody will know what is going on and can respond swiftly.”

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Mr. Johnson Kokumo, the State Commissioner of Police, had commented that “the governor has been proactive in dealing with security in the state, noting that the setting up of a committee to mediate on farmers/herdsmen clashes is a step in the right direction”

A resident, Richard Oyedo commended the governor for his relentless effort in controlling the state security.

“The governor has done well with his handling of the state’s security. We want him to do more and we are happy with the announcement of a new security structure to be launched soon.”

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