Chairman of the APC, Col David Imuse (rtd) revealed this via a statement recently, and Nigerians have been reacting.
According to him, such statements are a huge slap on the sensibilities of Edo people, because it does not look like Obaseki is having sleepless nights over how to properly secure the state.
He added that PDP should let the governor know that the security votes of over N700million he collects monthly from Edo State coffers is mainly for funding security agencies in the state, and his refusal to use the money for that purpose is the reason for the insecurity in the state.
His words, “Edo people want an all year round security rather than such unrealistic ad hoc plans.
“The PDP should have known like the Governor that the potentials of Edo state economically, are huge, but their handling of the current security situation in the state has made the realisation of these potentials unrealistic and unattainable”.
“As for the Community Policing Programme involving Neighborhood Watch and Vigilante groups which have been established and are successfully operating in other parts of the country, all Edo state needs is to replicate the same for her Rural and Urban areas”.
PDP reacted, “The APC does not seem to understand the security architecture of the country. As it is right now, Edo State government has done more than any other state government in bringing community policing to the people, it has even graduated over 800 people in what has been termed the constabulary which is part of the community policing.
“We also have units of vigilantes all across the state that report to the traditional institutions in the localities but these are issues we don’t want to make public but I can tell you that we are already getting results, the strategy is already bearing fruits as a lot of criminals are being apprehended and the crime rate within the metropolis is being checked, the conventional police is also involved in the process since after the EndSARS protests.”
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