By SIMON EBEGBULEM
GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, yesterday, reactivated the Joint Task Force, code named “Operation Thunderstorm” and urged operatives attached to it, to save the people of the state from the menace of kidnapping and other violent crime.
It will be recalled that the soldiers involved in the security outfit, which was set up by the state government, to tackle kidnappers and armed robbers, who terrorised the state that period, withdrew their services after a clash with the policemen involved in the Joint Military operation.
However, the Governor, who reactivated the Joint Task Force in the presence of the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 2 Mechanized Division Nigerian Army, Ibadan, Major Gen. M.Abubakar, Brigade Commander, 4th Brigade Benin, Brig-Gen.O.Umahi, Edo State Police Commissioner and the State Director of State Security Services, SSS, commended President Goodluck Jonathan for approving the release of soldiers for the operation.
Oshiomhole, who described as unfortunate the incident that led to the earlier withdrawal of soldiers from the operation, said “we all must have learnt from that ugly incident and we are all aware now that our only enemies are those criminals who choose to live on crime.
“On the part of the Edo State government, we will continue to cooperate and collaborate with the Armed Forces because we know that that collaboration is necessary for the maintenance of peace and stability because without peace and stability, there can be no governance.