Obaseki Meets Security Operatives Over Uromi Bank Robbery.
On Monday, Governor Godwin Obaseki met with chiefs of security agencies to reinforce the state’s security architecture and guarantee that those responsible for the recent armed robbery and deaths in the state’s Uromi, Esan North-East local council be apprehended and brought to justice.
This comes as reports surface that the two banks that were unaffected by the robbery may reopen for business today, while the impacted institutions would take one to three months to reopen.
A source close to the bankers association said “We had a meeting at the weekend and I expect that the two banks that were not affected will resume operations on Tuesday but for those affected, it will one to three months for them to get back to operation.”
Following a closed-door meeting with the security chiefs, Obaseki, who was represented by his deputy, Rt. Hon. Comr. Philip Shaibu, said the state is strengthening collaboration, revving up strategies, and deploying technologies to make Edo uninhabitable for armed robbers and other criminal elements.
According to him, “The synergy between the security agencies, youths and the vigilante network in the state is commendable as it has led to the recovery of some items. We applaud this cooperation and urge the people of Edo State to remain calm as we have upgraded our security architecture.”
Assuring the security of lives and property of Edo citizens, Obaseki added, “I want to let our people know that we have beefed up security in the state and urge everyone to go about their normal businesses in Edo State. These criminals have no hiding place; we would make the state hot for them.
”The governor further noted, “We cannot reveal all information available to us now because the investigation is ongoing. Security is our collective responsibility and the Ubiaja incident should be our watchword as the cooperation led to some recoveries in that robbery attack.”
Miller Dantawaye, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, stated processes have been put in place to guarantee that such instances do not occur again and that the perpetrators of the heinous act be brought to justice.
He noted, “This type of incident will not happen again in Edo State. Some recoveries have already been made and investigations are ongoing. These will lead us to a level where all the perpetrators will be arrested and ensure it doesn’t happen again in Edo.
“The Edo State Government is ready to support logistics if the need arises. Edo people should go about their lawful businesses. Vehicles have been recovered and investigation is ongoing; much will not be revealed for now.”