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Criminals armed by desperate politicians – Oshiomhole

BENIN—Edo State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has expressed worry over the weapons supplied to criminals by desperate politicians, saying the weapons were now being used to haunt ordinary citizens.

Oshiomhole disclosed this when the State Executive of  Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) paid him a visit at Government House over the kidnap of the state CAN chairman, Bishop Peter Imasuen.

According to the governor, “any government that cannot guarantee the security of lives and property, such a government has failed. As a government which recognises the importance of security, we have invested hundreds of millions of naira in the Nigeria Police Force. As you have noticed, we have bought almost a hundred vehicles to support the police.”

The governor insisted that when the issue of kidnapping was getting out of hand, he took preventive measures by writing to the president to approve of the military to complement the police in providing security in the state.  He expressed regret that the military was withdrawn three days to  Etsako re-run election, on the order of the Minister of Defence, General Godwin Abbe (rtd), wondering what the election had to do with the security of the people.

In his words: “When we carry politics too far and completely subordinate our national responsibilities to political exigency, I think that is the height of irresponsibility.”

He noted that the elections were over and that those concerned have refused to restore the soldiers, lamenting that the vehicles bought to combat crime were lying idle.

“We have just had an election in Etsako where we had a peaceful election but at Udaba, our people called us as early as 6:00am telling us of some people dressed in police uniform taking cover at Anegbete.  They were carrying pump action guns. That gave them away.”

We called the commissioner of police who dispatched his men there and as soon as the official police arrived, they ran away.

“When I heard of the kidnapping of the CAN Chairman, I felt personally embarrassed. We are supposed to be celebrating a peaceful election only to be hearing the shock kidnap of a prominent elder statesman.”

“I can assure you that I take full responsibility. Whatever we can do, will be done, we can never surrender to these criminals and we will put them out of business” he added.

Comrade Oshiomhole appealed to the association to continue to impress it on politicians that politics is not another word for war.

Earlier the delegation led by Reverend Father Richard Ofere expressed worry over the kidnap of Bishop Imasuen, just as he congratulated the Governor on the peaceful re run election


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