By Gabriel Enogholase
BENINâ€”AGAINST the rising crime waves and the spate of kidnappings in Edo State, the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has appealed to the state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to mobilize all security agencies to deal with the situation.
The call by the religious group is coming on the heels of the launching of the Edo State security outfit code named, Operation Thunder Storm by the state government on Monday in Benin to make criminals have a rethink in their activities.
chairman, Rt. Reverend Peter Imasuen, who spoke of the associationâ€™s position, insisted in a statement that â€œno day passes without innocent citizens being kidnapped, robbed, brutalized and harassed by undesirable elements.
The association observed that development was such that it appeared that security operatives had not done enough to stem the rising wave of crime in the state. It therefore called on the people of the state to as a matter of civic duty expose people of questionable character in their neighbourhood.
In a related development, leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Orhionmwon local government of Edo State have made appealled to all militants in the Niger Delta to cooperate with the new Minister of Defence, General Godwin Abbe (rtd) and accept the amnesty which the Federal government offered to them.
The party called on all Benins to close ranks and support the new Minister, an indigene of Benin saying that it this was the first time the South-South geo-political zone was entrusted with such exalted ministry.
The PDPâ€™s statement which was signed by Chief Emmanuel Igiebor, Chief Henry Okungbowa and 23 others, said it had no doubt that General Abbe would galvanize the President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua administration to hasten the development of the Niger Delta.
The party therefore, pledged its unalloyed loyalty and support to the PDP and President Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s administration.