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Edo to rejig security architecture Dec 1 as police parade killers of university don


Some of the recovered weapons

Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday said his administration would from next month unveil a new security design in the state to check security challenges and create a conducive environment for the investment drive of his administration.
He stated this at the state police command headquarters shortly after he had an inspection tour of the command, which he said would guide him on what manner assistance he would give to the police.
In the process, he witnessed the parade of 104 suspected armed robbers and kidnappers including the killers of Prof. Paul Otasowie, a lecturer at the faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, in the University of Benin ((UNIBEN) who was killed few weeks ago.
Obaseki told journalists that “as a government we have placed priority on security law and order and you are all witnesses to the security situation in Edo and efforts this government made to improve the operational capabilities of the police, which resulted in us having a new Commissioner of Police and we have been having consultations not just with the police commissioner but also with the Director of DSS and the military and we are working on a new security architecture for the state.

“We have reached a point where we are almost ready to launch the new security architecture and we expect that by December 1, that will be launched so this tour of facilities at the police command today is to see the state of their infrastructure and the state of their apparatus to know how much support we can give so that we can take off with the new security arrangement,” he said.
The killers of the professor confessed to the crime but said their intention was to snatch his vehicle and use for robbery around Ekenwan axis of the state capital and then abandon it as was their practice.
They claimed it was when their point man was trying to load the locally-made pistol after firing the only shot into the air that the late don attempted to hold the suspect when the pistol released and hit the don in his stomach.

Items recovered from the suspects include 33 cut-to-size guns, 90 live Ak47 ammunitions, 234 cartridges, five AK47 guns, short guns, money, charms and other dangerous items and N1.2 million They were paraded by the Commissioner of Police, Babatunde Kokumo, where he said some of the suspects were those terrorising members of the public in the past two months.

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