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IGP dispatches crack squad to stem rising crime wave in Edo State

Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase.
Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase.

Following appeals by residents of Benin City, as reported, Monday, by Global Patriot Newspapers, newly-confirmed Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has dispatched a special crack squad to stem the spate of cult clashes, kidnappings, robberies and other related vices ravaging the state.

It would be recalled that Global Patriot Newspapers had sampled opinions of Benin City residents, who in sending an appeal to the IG for help also demanded the redeployment of the state’ s commissioner of Police, Samuel Adegbuyi over what they termed ‘incompetence.’

Respondents who spoke with our correspondent in the wake of renewed rise in crime and cult clashes which have left no fewer than 25 dead, said it appears that the system has been compromised, just as they pointed out that since assuming duty as the CP in Edo, Mr Adegbuyi has not ‘shown that he has the capacity to fight crime and other sundry vices the way his predecessor did.’

They further stressed that because of what now seems to be the failure of the CP in discharging his responsibilities, same incompetence now thrives within the rank and file of the force.

However, in a swift reaction to the development in the state, Arase, Wednesday, in deploying the squad to the state to combat the rising crime wave, explained that he was ‘concerned about unabated activities of cultists and other violent criminals in Edo State and has therefore dispatched a special crack squad to stem the spate of cultism, kidnapping, robberies and other related vices in the state.’

According to a statement issued by Acting Commissioner of Police and Force Public Relations Officer at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, the squad is headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad and comprises units from Police Mobile Force, Explosives Ordinance Department (EOD), State Anti-Robbery Section (SARS), Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (CIID).

“The deployment of this team is in line with the IGP’s thrust and commitment to ensure the protection of life and property, and to build a people-oriented Police Force,” said the police statement.

The IGP further admonished members of the public to remain steadfast in collaborating with the Police, to report any suspicious person at the nearest police station for prompt action.

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