Edo communities fume over plot to withdraw security personnel 


Residents of Inikorogha and 21 other communities in Ovia South West Local Government Areas of Edo State have cautioned against alleged plan by some “influencial individuals” to withdraw security personnel (special forces) from the areas.

The inhabitants who made their position known during a protest march in the locality on Wednesday warned that allowing the plot to succeed would deprived them of the peace residents have enjoyed over time.

They carried placards  with various inscriptions such as: “Governor Obaseki come to our aid. Let security personnel remain in Inikorogha and environs. It is the only hope we have to live.”

Chairman of Elders Council, Mr. Philip Polo  commended Governor Godwin Obaseki for ensuring that peace and security prevail in Inikorogha and  surrounding communities through  construction of roads and other infrastructures.

Polo said: “Some unscrupulous militants who had made Inikorogha uninhabitable through their criminal activities always come through the rivers.

“But when security came everybody was relieved . The situation now is that these same people are trying to pull the strings from behind through  the withdrawal of the special forces responsible for peace. 

Also, Chairman of Inikorogha community, Friday Benson appealed to the governor to see to the extension and increase of security presence in the locality. 

“What we are saying in essence is that nobody should truncate the effort of the governor. There is a great improvement of security in the last one year and a half. 

“Prior to now, evil attacks were meted on our community but today we have strong presence of security with the deployment of special forces at mile 3,” he added.