Train station attack: Edo residents, experts hail Obaseki, security agencies for tech deployment in rescue of hostages

16 Jan 2023

…applaud gov’s community policing model

Edo residents and public policy experts have applauded the swift and coordinated response and deployment of technology by the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and security agencies, which has led to the rescue of a majority of the victims kidnapped at the Igueben train station.

The residents, who commended the government’s commitment to the security and safety of citizens, noted that the community-based security model adopted by the Governor Obaseki-led administration “has helped to create a sense of shared responsibility and active participation of all stakeholders for the safety and well-being of all communities in the state.”

Addressing newsmen in Benin City, the Edo State capital, the Convener of Esan Agenda, a pro-development group, Akhere Obozele said the governor’s leadership acumen, deployment of technology and the continuous efforts of the security agencies has not only helped to deter criminal activities but also build trust and unity among Edo citizens.

“What a lot of people have not realised so far is that Edo State, perhaps, has the most sophisticated technology equipment to track crime in Nigeria. The rescue operation was facilitated with the deployment of high-tech. With a technology base supporting the troops on the field, the success rate has been high. Now, we have just two people left to be rescued. That cannot be said of other states in Nigeria, where a similar incident has occurred.

"The team received support from the Edo State Command and Control Centre, which is a novel intervention that deploys technological tools for tracking, monitoring and interception of criminals no matter where they are located in the state.”

He noted, “We are deeply grateful for the dedication and bravery displayed by these individuals, who put themselves in harm's way to ensure the safety and well-being of our communities.”

Obozele further added, “We specially commend Governor Obaseki for implementing a community-based security model that has proven effective in protecting our state. The community-based security model has helped to create a sense of shared responsibility and active participation of all stakeholders for the safety and well-being of our community.

“We are confident that with the continued efforts of our governor, the resilience of our security agencies and the community-based security model, we will be able to maintain a safe and peaceful environment for all.”

On his part, policy expert and lecturer at the University of Benin, Ikponmwosa Nosakhare, said that the state’s government’s strategy on security, especially the deployment of sophisticated technology to support security operatives is highly commendable and should be emulated by other states faced with security challenges.

“It is one thing to have a security situation, and yet another thing to have technology backup to outsmart criminals in Edo State. This is what Governor Obaseki has done and we can see the reverberating impact on security, and curbing criminality in the state,” Nosakhare noted.