By | Rachel Brooks
January 12, 2021
Edo inaugurates security network, asks members to fight insecurity
Unknown armed men yesterday opened fire, shooting on a couple, killing the lady in the process by St. Theresa’s roundabout in Ekuigbo around 11:00 am in Ughelli, Delta State.
Even though it could not be ascertained whether the belabors were kidnappers, bandits, or armed robbers, eyewitnesses at the scene of the incident disclosed to newsmen that the couple had just finished making some transactions at a Point of Sale (PoS) spot in the area when they were approached by the gunmen.
While explaining what happened, a native of the community, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it appeared the conjugate were returning from church when they were accosted by the hooligans.
“As soon as the couple saw the gunmen who were inside a green Camry car, they tried to reverse and speed off from the scene only for the gunmen to open fire on them,” said the local witness.
“The shots by the gunmen led to the death of the lady who was seated on the passenger’s side of the vehicle. She died immediately at the scene while the man who was driving the car also sustained gunshot wounds during the incident.
“Sensing apprehension that arose from the gunshots, the gunmen immediately fled the scene and headed towards the East-West road,” the source added.
In another development, the Edo State Government has inaugurated a vigilante group to strengthen the state’s security architecture to deal with rising cases of insecurity in the State.
The newly launched security network, an initiative of Governor Godwin Obaseki, is a community-led effort to titillate local communities to partner with government security agencies to provide adequate security and protect lives and property in the state.
Yusuf Haruna, a lead expert on the vigilante group, said the new security arrangement is intended to co-opt key actors in local communities to secure their spaces, gather intelligence, build trust and ensure proper security across the state.
“Working with the vigilante network, we have divided the state into strata and every team is manning their area. We don’t want criminal elements to survive in any part of Edo State,” said Mr. Haruna.
“We want to ensure that Edo is safe for our people and free of cultists and kidnappers. Our mission is to smoke out the criminals and ensure that they are not comfortable in our communities.”
He commended communities that have set up a security network to work collectively for their sustenance, urging more communities desirous of setting up similar outfits to accost the state government for clearance, necessary guidance, and official inauguration.