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Edo govt sets up panels to probe police/youth clash, gas explosion

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…commences capacity training for civil servants

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has directed that an investigative panel be set-up to ascertain the immediate and remote causes of the fracas between men of the Nigeria Police and youths in Upper Igun area, in Oredo Local Government Area of the state.

Crisis in Benin as police and youths clash over alleged killing of one person in Benin, Edo State, yesterday. Photos: Barnabas Uzosike.

Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Rt. Hon. Paul Ohonbamu, said this while briefing journalists after the State Executive Council meeting presided over by the Chairman-in-council and Governor of the State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, at the Government House, in Benin City, Edo State, on Wednesday.

According to Ohonbamu, “The Chairman-in-Council expressed deep sadness over the fracas between the police and civilians in Upper Igun and called for calm over the fracas. The governor, who presided over the executive council meeting, mandated the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Osarodion Ogie Esq. to set up an investigative panel to be headed by a reputable Retired Judge.”

Ohonbamu added, “Other members of the panel will include a retired police commissioner, retired senior army officer and members of the civil society. The investigative panel will ascertain the cause of the crisis, ensure that justice is done and prevent future occurrence.”

Similarly, Ohonbamu said that after the State Executive Council reviewed the state government’s response to the incidence of gas explosion in Ugbo area in Benin City, the governor directed the SSG to immediately set up an investigative panel to investigate various fire incidents in the state.

He said, “The investigative panel on fire incidents in the state will be tasked to unravel immediate and remote causes of fire incidents, the state’s response capabilities and further prevent other similar incidences in the state.

He noted that the committee will be headed by a reputable Retired Judge and other members will be drawn from various strata of the state.

Ohonbamu said that the governor charged the Head of Service (HoS), Mrs. Gladys Idahor, to commence the planned capacity development programme for civil servants in the state.

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