By Omoiza OZIVANOGU, Investigator Correspondent Benin/
BENIN– AS the spate of insecurity has continued to exacerbates, the Edo State Governor, Governor Godwin Obaseki, has appealed to the Nigerian Army to rejig its security architecture especially, in areas that are visibly crime-prone in the state.
Governor Obaseki made the appeal while hosting the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Farouk Yahaya, who led other senior officers on a courtesy visit to Edo Government House on Tuesday adding that the rate of insecurity on Auchi- Benin Road was becoming alarming.
According to him, “We are having security challenges in the state such as kidnapping, especially between the Benin–Auchi axis.
We have military formations in Edo South, also Auchi and Agenegbode, both in Edo North Senatorial District,” said the governor.
Because the 120 kilometres spaces between them do not have any military presence, it has been difficult for the military to respond either from the South or North when there is an incident.”
Continuing, the governor told the Army Chief that his administration would provide the military with “all necessary support” if Mr. Yahaya acceded to his request.
While I appeal to Nigeria Army to heed our request, the state government will give all necessary support if the army can consider setting up a forward operating base between the distance of the North and South senatorial districts; ” adding, “This will help us cover the axis where we are beginning to experience a lot of kidnappings and robbery incidents.
Though the “4 Brigade has been very helpful in supporting our communities in crisis,” the governor also requested a “special squad to support our efforts in calming the restiveness we are seeing around communities.”
Obaseke further added, “We have laws in place that will help us deal with these issues. But by the time some of these communities find out that we now also have heavily armed military personnel within their communities, peace will return to such areas.”