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Edo strengthens security architecture to combat crime, criminality, inaugurates special tactical force

11 Feb 2023

Members of a Special Tactical Force inaugurated by the Edo State Government in Benin City.

…releases emergency numbers, assures prompt response

The Edo State Government has inaugurated a Special Tactical Force to bolster the government’s efforts at combating crime and criminality in the state.

The special force, comprising five squads, will work in collaboration with security agencies in the state for a two-month duration to ensure the security of the lives and property of Edo residents.


The Deputy Director, Edo State Security Network, and member of the tactical force, Ohonsa Dolapo, while briefing journalists in Benin City, said the team has been adequately trained on intelligence gathering, and weapon handling, among others to ensure a seamless and effective delivery of its mandate.

He said, “We are on two months special duty with our muster point being Ring Road, Benin City. We are going to be supporting the federal security agencies. We are not going to be doing it alone.


“Our scope of operation is Edo South and particularly the nooks and crannies of Benin City. We will always be on ground at our base here at Ring Road 24 hours of the day for a swift response to any information or call of duty.”

Urging for the support and collaboration of residents, Dolapo said, "We are ready to take the lead. What we need is for the public to give us useful, timely, and accurate information. When you see something, say something and we will respond to it. We need information to work.”


On his part, a former Head of Operations, Edo State Security Network, Osabohien Zion, said the security team has made available distress numbers to the public for swift response.

The lines are 09088380601 and 09088380602.

He added, “These numbers have been opened in the control center for distress calls 24 hours a day with dedicated officers to handle complaints and respond to calls. We also promise the anonymity and protection of callers.”

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