By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—FOLLOWING the violent crimes and kidnappings witnessed in Edo State in the past one month, indigenes of the state, yesterday, stormed Abuja, calling for the removal of the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Haliru Gwandu.
Meanwhile, the state Police Command has said it was making progress towards securing the release of musical ace, Joseph Osayomore, and Mr. Andy Ehanire, who were recently kidnapped, urging the people of the state to remain calm.
The protesters, who stormed the National Assembly and the Police Command in Abuja, lamented that while Governor Godwin Obaseki and the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, were working round the clock to encourage investments into Edo State, the “IG has refused to support the government of Edo State in this effort.”
In their protest letter addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari by the Coordinator of the Edo State Concerned Citizens, they noted that “while previous Police Commissioners posted to the state had done everything possible to check the activities of criminals that operate in these well-known flashpoints/areas to a minimum and tolerable level using available intelligence reports, we have long noticed a lethargic approach and rather nonchalant attitude by the current state Police Commissioner, Gwandu.”
Reacting to the allegation, the state Police Command, through its spokesman, Mr. Moses Nkombe, insisted that the Police was doing all it could to secure the release of the kidnapped persons (Ehanire and Osayomore) unhurt, urging the people of the state to be patient.