Crime

Uromi Robbery: Obaseki Visits Scene With Security Chiefs, Sues For Calm 

Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has visited the scene of Thursday evening robbery attacks on some commercial banks in Uromi, Esan North-Eas Local Government Area of the state, urging the people to remain calm. 

Obaseki, who described the attacks as well+coordinated, as made the remark on Friday, when he led other top government functionaries and security chiefs for an on-the-spot assessment of the scene of the robbery incidents, involving four banks.

Obaseki, who was represented by his deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu, was accompanied was taken on the assessment of the affected banks by the Area Commander of Uromi Police Headquarters, Tarzan Tsav.

The affected banks included Unity, Union, UBA and Zenith banks, all located at Market Road in Uromi.

The governor appealed to the people of Uromi to go about their normal businesses, saying the state government had beefed up security and surveillance to ensure peace was restored in the area.

“This attack is a well-organised crime. We have heard from the people and have increased surveillance in the area.

“We are here on behalf of the governor to find out what happened and know the extent of the damage. 

“We are here on a fact-finding mission and have interacted with bank officials, eye witnesses, traders and people living in the area and seen the level of destruction and damage done.

“I am here with all the security chiefs and have seen the damage and beefed up security in the area.

“I urge all living in the area to go about their normal businesses,” the governor pleaded.

Obaseki reassured the people of improved security in the area and guaranteed their safety.

He said that within the following one week, the people of the area would see government’s action on the matter.

The entourage also visited the palace of the Ojuromi of Uromi, HRH Anslem Odaloighe Eidenojie Il.

Addressing the traditional ruler, the governor noted, “We have come to see the level of damage and assure you that the state government has increased surveillance and safety of the people of Uromi.

“By the grace of God, these people will be arrested and brought to book. The people should go about their normal businesses.”

On his part, HRH Anslem Odaloighe Eidenojie II, said, “The situation was like a war zone and it lasted for over two hours and the robbers took control of the area and killed my subjects.”

The entourage also visited the Nigeria Police Force, Uromi Command, which was also attacked by the robbers to demobilise the officers before the robbery.

They also visited the hospital where the injured victims are receiving treatment.

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