Edo Government Condemns Violence, As Police Probes Recurring Explosions

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On the rising spate of the alleged politically motivated bomb attacks in the state, Edo State Government yesterday condemned attacks and claims that Governor Godwin Obaseki was behind the recurring political violence.

Some respondent who spoke to Naija Center News denied that Governor Obaseki can not resort to such but urged him to rise up to the occasion to stop the use of explosive devices as Edo People are not known for violence.

Godwin Obaseki
Godwin Obaseki

Recall that, the bombing of residences of perceived political opponents within the state’s All Progressives Congress (APC) has continued to generate fears amongst inhabitants over the fate of the electorates as days tick away ahead of the gubernatorial election slated for later part of the year.

With fingers pointed at the Governor, over his Perceived silent and non action on the rising and disturbing insecurity, many believes that, more has to be done to salvage the lingering crisis culminated from the differences within the divided ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, in the state.

But for the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Honorable Paul Ohonbamu, who spoke with journalists recently in Benin City, noted that, violence in the state, was a confirmation that all manner of persons with a history of violence had joined the APC.

Ohonbamu disclosed that the state remained peaceful, warning all political actors engaging in violence, to desist from it to allow peace reign in Edo.

It is unfortunate that desperate politicians want to create tension where there is none and give the impression to the President and the whole world that law and order have broken down in the state, ohonbamu quipped.

“The purported defection of some EPM members to the APC was a sign of disaster. I don’t think that what is happening now is unexpected. This is exactly the kind of result you get when all manner of persons defect to the party”.

“The tendency is to embarrass the state and sustain the smear campaign to make the people believe that Governor Obaseki is not doing well in terms of security, but this is not the situation.

It is necessary for people to know that every thing in terms of security architecture is in place. They are the ones perpetrating all violence,” Ohonbamu said.

However, a former Deputy Governor of the state, Pius Odubu, frowned on the rising insecurity in Edo occasioned by the political crisis in the state chapter of APC.

While Reacting to the bomb explosion at the residence of APC Secretary, Lawrence Okah and other party leaders, Odubu said, the incidence undermined state security, adding, “The recent bomb attacks and other forms of violence against members of the APC in Edo State represents a brutal affront on the security of life and property.

The Edo State Police Command said it has commenced probe into the series of explosions witnessed lately in Benin City.

Police spokesman Chidi Nwabuzor, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said an investigation had begun.

He restated the commitment of the police to protect lives and property, while appealing to members of the Society to avail security operatives with useful information that will enhance its operations.

“I want to appeal to all to allow peace reign. Again those with useful information should come forward and avail the police l can assure you police will decisively carry out Investigations and take necessary actions”, Nwabuzor noted

It would be recalled that A BOMB exploded on Tuesday at the residence of All Progressives Congress (APC) factional State Secretary in Edo State, Lawrence Okah, shattering part of the building and dug a hole on the ground.

However, No life was lost even as another explosive did not detonate.


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