Kidnap of Catholic priests: Edo govt tasks security chiefs, assures churches, communities of protection

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L-R: Representative of the Catholic Bishop of Uromi Diocese, Rev. Fr. Daniel Ewah; Comptroller of Immigration Service, Edo State Command, Rabi Garba; Edo State Commissioner of Police Abutu Yaro; Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu; Director, Directorate of State Services, Mrs Clara Olika, and Edo State Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Oyenude Kure, during an emergency security council meeting, at the Government House, in Benin City, on Monday, July 4, 2022.

L-R: Representative of the Catholic Bishop of Uromi Diocese, Rev. Fr. Daniel Ewah; Comptroller of Immigration Service, Edo State Command, Rabi Garba; Edo State Commissioner of Police Abutu Yaro; Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu; Director, Directorate of State Services, Mrs Clara Olika, and Edo State Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Oyenude Kure, during an emergency security council meeting, at the Government House, in Benin City, on Monday, July 4, 2022.

By Valentine Amanze

Edo State government has started strengthening its security architecture and reviewing strategies to guarantee the safety and security of residents across communities in the state.

The state acting Governor, Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, disclosed this at the wake of kidnap of two Catholic reverend fathers in the state on Sunday.

Shaibu, who spoke after an emergency State Security Council meeting held at the Government House, Benin City, assured that the government would rescue the two clerics.

“We are working to secure our churches and communities. We are looking beyond securing the churches alone but focusing on securing our communities and state.

“There is work in progress and we have discussed a whole lot of security issues and in the coming weeks, things will surely change in the state to ensure a secured environment for Edo people,” he said.

On his part, the Edo State Police Commissioner, Abutu Yaro, said that the security situation of the state had been reviewed at the Security Council meeting and measures had been adopted to secure and make the state safe for all.

He said, “We have just finished our emergency Security Council meeting and have reviewed the security situation at the moment and the overall security of the state and have adopted measures that are relevant to the needs of the moment and that of the future.

“We wish to inform you and all persons in the state and beyond that the Edo State Government is on top of the situation and people should be reassured that despite the situation at the moment, the state is stable and under control.”

The Police Commissioner said that security agencies in the state were working round the clock to secure the release of the kidnapped Catholic priests.

Also, the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop Oyenude Kure, called for prayers from Christians in the state, urging them to support the government’s efforts at improving security across the state.

The two Catholic priests were kidnapped along Benin-Auchi Road at the Ekpoma axis, in Edo State.

 

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