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Oshiomhole lauds Yar’Adua over Operation Thunderstorm

By Simon Ebegbulem

BENIN — GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, yesterday, expressed his gratitude to President Umaru Yar’Adua for approving the deployment of the military for the Joint Task Force operation, tagged Operation Thunderstorm in the state.

The governor said the participation of the military in the security outfit would go a long way in helping to curb violent crimes and incessant cases of kidnapping in the state, which he described as worrisome. The Army, Air Force and Mobile Police personnel would be participa-ting in the operation.

Oshiomhole disclosed that each of the officers would be receiving N1,250 daily, while the officers would also be given what is commensurate with their ranks.

Speaking at the flagging off ceremony, Governor Oshiom-hole said, “We have to effectively combat violent crimes and kidnapping in the state, which has really become very worrisome.

“That is why I want to specially thank President Yar’Adua for approving our request. I believe that this is a clear massage to criminals that the environment is no longer safe. This joint effort is going to have a very positive impact to crime fighting  in the state.

“I recognise that the officers are making sacrifices, but we should know that the main responsibility of any govern-ment is to safeguard lives and properties of its citizens. I believe that with the participation of the military, we will be able to restore confidence.”


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