By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—THE Police in Benin, Edo State, yesterday said that the recent spate of kidnappings and other violent crimes in the state were as as a result of the delay in reporting criminal cases to the police for prompt action.
Residents of Benin, the state capital were just recovering from shock, following the assassination of 86-year-old female politician, Mrs. Grace Osakwe, when news of the abduction of the Chief Medical Director, Federal Psychiatric Hospital, Uselu, Dr. Olabisi Ihenyen and her husband filtered in.
Also kidnapped within the period was a former Commissioner of Lands, Survey and Housing in the state, Mrs. Lucy Omagbon.
Reacting to the security situation in the state, Edo State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Mr Ejiroro Ahwara, decried the delay in reporting such cases to the police by relatives of victims.
He lamented that rather than reporting cases of abductions to the police promptly, the relatives of the victims usually engage in negotiation with the kidnappers.
He lamented that at the stage of negotiation, the police are compelled to work under critical situation.
The police spokesman appealed to members of the public to be on the alert and also report criminals and any suspicious movement promptly to the police.
Though, it was learnt that Dr. and Mrs Ihenyen had regained their freedom as at press time, Ejiroro disclosed that the abductor of Mrs. Omagbon had also contacted her relatives.