Security situation in Edo relatively calm – Gov Obaseki

NEWS DIGEST – Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, on Wednesday in Benin, said the security situation in the state was relatively calm, adding that efforts were ongoing to sustain it.

Obaseki disclosed this while reviewing Edo security situation for the month of July, following a joint security meeting with all heads of various security agencies in the state.

According to the governor, the reports considered shows that the security environment in the state is relatively calm, amid the incessant kidnappings and armed robberies on Benin-Auchi road.

Obaseki said, “Quite a lot of activities had been undertaken to make sure that incessant kidnappings and armed robberies on Benin-Auchi road are handled and brought under control.

“For the month of June, we have seen a considerable reduction in incidents of kidnapping in that axis; we have seen a few more cases in Uromi-Agbor axis and that is being worked on.

“Another issue that was considered was a report on drugs abuse by National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

“We’re working with NDLEA, members of the society, civil society organisations, religious leaders, non-governmental organisations and the press in advocacy so that we can highlight the dangers and bring them under control.

“We also received very unfortunate reports about the increase in road accidents. From August 1 alone to date, we have recorded about eight ghastly motor accidents, with about seven deaths.

“We have directed that further investigations be carried out so that we can reduce the recurrence of situations like that.”