Owan West boss honours departed heroes

Executive Chairman of Owan West Local Government Council of Edo State, Hon. Frank Ilaboya, on Friday, January 15th, 2021, joined his counterparts in other local government areas in honouring fallen  heroes of war at 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration. The event, which took place at the Council Secretariat in Sabongidda Ora,  witnessed large numbers of legioners, religious leaders from both the christian & muslim communities, traditional leaders, security chiefs, party bigwigs and other key stakeholders in the local government area. Hon. Ilaboya, while saluting the sacrifices of the departed …

Obaseki pays respect to fallen heroes, highlights role of ex-service men in addressing insecurity

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has harped on the need to take advantage of the experiences of ex-service men in addressing the security challenges confronting the country. The governor made the call after laying a wreath in honour of Nigerian fallen heroes during the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration, in Benin City, the Edo State capital. He said, “In the last few years, the challenges facing our security men are on the increase as a result of the insurgency in the country. It is important to encourage the ex-service…

Nigeria stronger together, says Osinbajo at Armed Forces Remembrance Service

Despite differences in religion, ethnicity, political affiliations, or other diversities, Nigerians of all generations and from all walks of life must endeavour to commit to ensuring Nigeria’s unity, because the nation is stronger together than apart, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The Vice President spoke at the Interdenominational Church Service for the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration, which held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, on Sunday. According to Prof. Osinbajo, who was represented at the Church Service by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr.…

Edo launches vigilante network, charges members on tackling insecurity

Edo State Government has launched a vigilante network to strengthen the state’s security architecture to deal with rising insecurity. The vigilante network, an initiative of Governor Godwin Obaseki, is a community-led effort to galvanise local communities to partner with government security agencies to provide security and protect lives and property in the state. A lead expert on the vigilante scheme, Mr. Yusuf Haruna, said the new security arrangement is intended to co-opt key actors in local communities to secure their spaces, gather intelligence, build trust and ensure adequate security across the…

Group calls for well equipped police and army

Ambassador Odion Cedrack Okpebholo, National President of Worldwide Movement for a United Nigeria(WMUN), has called on the government to “provide and  equip our Police and Army with world class materials and take care of their well being to enable them  protect themselves and safeguard the  citizens of Nigeria.” In a statement he titled ‘The state of the nation Nigeria in military sector’ Okpebholo said: “The rate at which our army and the  police are dying  today in  Nigeria is alarming. This has produced lots of widows and fatherless children in the sector, which is…

Edo State Police Command downplay number of armed robbers and kidnappers that escaped from its custody

Edo State Police Command has downplayed the number of armed robbers and kidnappers that escaped from its headquarters recently. In a press release issued by its image maker, Chidi Nwabuzor, the command stated: “Reacting to the publication that have gone viral on social media and other platforms alleging that hundreds of suspected armed robbers and kidnappers escaped from the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) facility. Edo State Police Command wishes to inform the general public that ten suspects escaped on the 1st of January, 2021 at about 0245hrs (2.45am), out…

Benin Solidarity Movement calls for dismissal of Edo Police boss over escape of hoodlums from police custody

Benin Solidarity Movement (BSM) worldwide has called for the dismissal of the state Commissioner of Police, Johnson Babatunde Kokumo, over the recent escape of hoodlums from the custody of the state police command headquarters. In a message signed by Elder Curtis Eghosa Ugbo its President, the socio-political group said: “Benin Solidarity Movement (BSM) consider the report making the rounds since early morning hours on Sunday, January 3, 2021, that all hoodlums in police custody at the Edo State Police Command Headquarters in Benin City have escaped. “The absurdity of the report…

We will soon take over Edo State, kidnappers send threat message to Police

My name is ThankGod Okuk, I left for Abuja on Thursday, 17th December, 2020, in order to attend a friend’s wedding on Friday and Saturday.  On Sunday, December 20th, I boarded Big Joe bus to Benin City, getting to Ekpoma, the driver told us that he won’t be going to Benin because it was already past 7pm, so some of us took our belongings and took a Sienna bus going to Benin, after Ehor we were attacked by a gang of Fulani herdsmen who shot sporadically into the air, after…

DSS alerts Nigerians of evil plots to attack public places during yuletide

The Department of State Services (DSS) has informed the public about plans by some criminal elements to carry out violent attacks on public places including key and vulnerable points during the yuletide seasons.  In a statement by Peter Afunanya itsPublic Relations Officer(PRO), the DSS said: “The planned dastardly acts are to be executed through the use of explosives, suicide bombing and other dangerous weapons.   “The objective is to create a general sense of fear among the people and subsequently undermine the Government. “Against this backdrop, citizens are called upon to be…

Obaseki mulls placing bounty on escapees from Benin correctional centres

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has said the state government will place a bounty for useful information that can lead to the re-arrest of escapees from two correctional facilities in the state. Obaseki disclosed this on Friday when he received members of the 11-man Committee on the re-arrest of the escapee prisoners led by Deputy Controller Corrections (DCC) Usifo Joseph, who were at the Government House, Benin City, to brief the governor on the extent of work done. The governor appealed to the committee to ensure that they put…