By ETOP EKANEM
BENIN- The Odunanoba of Benin Kingdom, Prince Henry Omorodion, has decried activities of a kidnap syndicate operating in Igbanke axis of Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State, saying no meaningful project from government or any business group could be drawn to an area where there are noticeable rudeness and acrimony.
Omorodion stated this in Igbontor-Igbanke against the back drop of threats by a kidnap syndicate to deal with anyone who will be involved in the commissioning of a police station in Igbanke, which the Benin Prince is currently building for the community.
The gang had openly threatened to “deal with anyone who will be involved in the commissioning of the police station as Igbanke needs meaningful developmental projects and not a police station.”
Speaking with newsmen at the site of the project, Omorodion, who is also the Chairman of Hensmor Group, said it was to tame the excesses of criminality in the area that he embarked on the building of the Police station and vowed that in spite of attempts by unscrupulous elements to frustrate his efforts at bringing meaningful development to Igbanke, “we will not be distracted from our commitment.”
He said the idea of a police station was to first of all guarantee peace and harmony before other investments could be instituted in the area.
He appealed to the Edo Police Command for surveillance and security beef-up in the area as he had “stepped up activities to complete the project and hand it over to the Nigeria Police Force for the benefit of Nigerians and humanity within the second quarter of this year.”