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  • Updated: December 09, 2023

Governor Obaseki advocates state police to curb crime, criminality

Governor Obaseki advocates state police to curb crime, crimi

The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has advocated for the decentralisation of the country’s security architecture to check crime and criminality.

According to The PUNCH, Obaseki disclosed this during the Edo State Security Summit, held at the Government House, Benin City, on Friday, with the theme, ‘Edo State Security Framework: Repositioning for the Future’.

The governor also officially inaugurated the state’s Command and Control Center, named after former Inspector General of Police and Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Dr Solomon Arase and the Special Force Building, in Benin City.

He explained that the government is collaborating with security agencies, leveraging technology, and evolving a public safety system that is built on citizen participation, to combat insecurity in the state

He said, “Crime is local as well as security and until we have a decentralised legislative framework to allow component parts to take policing to a certain level and ensure active collaboration between the federal/central security agencies and local agencies, we will not succeed in fighting against criminality.

“When we started collating data of crime incidents in the state between 2017 and 2020, there was a rise in crime and criminality in the state. But today, we have seen incidents of crime go down drastically. We thank all the security agencies for their collaborative efforts in reducing crime in the state by 47.7 per cent between 2020 to date.”

While noting that he was proud of the reforms introduced by his administration in the last seven years, especially in the areas of security, Obaseki said there is still a need for improvement to reduce crime to the barest minimum in the state.

“Collaboration with various security agencies has been the key to the reforms we have undertaken in Edo State. We have been collating data in the state using technology and walking into the future. Our goal is to use this data to check, investigate crime, and understand what is going on in various communities in the state.

“Traditional leaders are so key to our security arrangements because, without them, it would have been difficult to get the level of intelligence and local participation and cooperation we have received.

“As we go into the future, the emphasis must be on decentralizing security because everybody knows who comes in and out of their communities. Once we can empower them to have some authority in making decisions to support security efforts, we will achieve a lot more success.

“Looking ahead, we see that the future of security will be driven by technology and we will ensure that those that take charge are responsible and have control. The success today of our command and control centre is a collaboration with NCC.”

The keynote speaker, Major Gen. Ohifeme Enemai (retd.), earlier said, “The strategy of security in Edo State must cover citizens, businesses, visitors, infrastructure and information amongst others. The security structure must be in place to drive the strategy for a safer and a secure State for all.”

Prominent among the attendees at the event include former Commissioner of Police and Special Adviser to Oyo State Governor, Fatai Owoseni (retd.); Minister for Police Affairs, Sen. Ibrahim Gaidam, represented by the Director of General Services in the Ministry, Ibilola Edemanya; former Inspector General of Police and Chairman, Police Service Commission, Solomon Arase; and the Commissioner of Police, Edo State, Dankwara Mohammed.

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