The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has promised to increase security surveillance in Uromi, the administrative headquarters of Esan North-East Local Government of the State to guarantee the safety of lives and property.
Obaseki, represented by his deputy, Philip Shaibu, said this over the weekend during an on-the-spot assessment of the affected banks robbed in the state in conjunction with security chiefs.
“You should go about your normal businesses, the state government has beefed up security and surveillance to ensure the safety of lives and property. I assured you the perpetrators would be arrested and brought to book”.
“This attack is a well-organised crime. We are here on behalf of the governor to find out what happened and know the extent of the damage. We are here on a fact-finding mission and have interacted with bank officials, eyewitnesses, traders and people living in the area. We have seen the level of destruction and damage done”.
“We reassure our people of improved security in the area and guarantee their safety. In the next week, people of this area will see government action on the matter,” he reassured.
The governor who also visited the palace of the Ojuromi of Uromi, HRH Anslem Odaloighe Eidenojie II, assured that the state government has beefed up security in the area.
On his part, HRH Anslem Odaloighe Eidenojie II lamented that the robbers took control of the area and killed his subjects.
“The situation was like a war zone and it lasted for over two hours,” the monarch said.
Recall that an armed robbery gang had on Thursday raided Unity, Union, UBA and Zenith Banks, all located at Market Road in Uromi, killing eight persons and injured twelve. They carted away with huge sums of money.