The security situation in Benin, the capital of Edo, has worsened following an increase in cases of kidnapping, armed robbery and cult killings, NAN controls have revealed.
The rise in crimes was first noticed since the #ENDSARS protests that led to the liberation of no less than 1,900 from two correctional facilities, the burning of at least eight police stations and the looting of their armories by thugs.
Nightlife in the capital city, meanwhile, has since stalled as incidents of kidnappings and armed robberies increase.
NAN reports that while the capital’s residents were still reeling from the high crime rate, the cult killings, mostly linked to clashes between rival Vikings and guilds of Aye, have only increased the fears of residents in different parts of Benin.
The cult kill count indicated that no fewer than 30 people were killed last week, and three others were similarly murdered Sunday by suspected cultists in the city.
Two of the bodies were discovered in Urohra Junction, one next to a pipeline in Eyaen. and on Saturday, two bodies were found around Uselu, while Evidence Street by Isihor represented another three.
Before that, several people lost their lives in different parts of the city, including Idogbo, Y-Junction, Nomayo, Three House along Sokponba Road, Ogida Barracks, Siluko road, Costain area in New Benin, Aduwawa near the Oando gas station, Upper Mission, near the junction of Ewa Road, Cherubim and Seraphim area of Upper Mission.
Meanwhile, the police are requesting information from the public to help them recover weapons and ammunition stolen from police stations that were looted, vandalized or burned in the state.
When contacted, the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Babatunde Kokumo, said that the attack on police facilities, the burning of police stations and patrol vehicles during the EndSARS protests, which turned violent, had affected their operations. .
However, he assured that the police will gradually resume work in their service positions to control crime and criminality in the state.
According to him, in Upper Sokponba on the Ikpoba-Okha axis, three police facilities were burned down and displaced the OPDs and other police officers from these divisions.
“These officers now report to the headquarters of the state command, now we send them to patrol from there, so you should expect some setbacks, but we will continue to work and do things well.
“The EndSARS protests, which were hijacked by thugs, have actually had a negative impact on police operations and triggered attacks on police facilities,” he said.
“How do you expect, where 200 inmates escaped, that things are normal? Kokumo asked, saying, “We were doing our best to arrest the criminals in Edo before the jailbreak and we are still doing our best now to see that the fugitives are arrested again and taken to account.
He urged the media to cooperate and appreciate the efforts of the Police, especially now that they are expected to stem the tide of crime, while they lacked operational vehicles, weapons and ammunition.