16th December, 2011
Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, on Thursday commended members of the State Security Service (SSS), for their relentless pursuit of kidnappers in the state, resulting in several arrests.
He also gave a N2 million cash reward to members of the security outfit as an incentive to ginger them to better performance.
Oshiomhole made the commendation shortly after the Director of SSS in the state, Mr Bello Tukur-Bakori, visited the governor in Benin after the director paraded five suspected kidnappers at the serviceâ€™s headquarters.
The governor said that with the onslaught on the criminals by the SSS, the state was no longer a safe haven for hoodlums.
The governor said: â€œI, on behalf of the people of the state, appreciate your leadership and officers for your efforts and achievements.
â€œThere is no month without you recording harvests of criminals.
â€œWe are excited because you are doing your best to rid the state of criminals.
â€œIn doing this, our society will be better for it.
â€œBy this initiative, the feeling of impunity by criminals will be no more in the state and both the criminals and the society will get justiceâ€.
He said only a crime-free environment could attract investors and invariably bring about development.
Oshiomhole, however, urged the people to resist the temptation to pay ransom to kidnappers, saying that â€œevery time you pay ransom, it serves as incentives for these criminals.â€
He commended the director for his initiative at mopping up unserviceable ammunition recovered from unrepentant militants.
The governor said he was giving the N2 million cash reward to the SSS staff, because â€œas a former labour union leader, when the staff do well, you give such staff what we call bonus as an incentive to do moreâ€.
Earlier, Tukur-Bakori said his operatives arrested the suspects from their different hide-outs and recovered over N500,000 from them.
He explained that his men also recovered some unserviceable arms and ammunition from unrepentant militants in two communities in Ovia South-West Local Government Area.
â€œWe had to recover these arms and ammunition as part of our efforts to address the issue of militancy.
â€œWe were able to make them surrender these arms without committing any arms of government because these criminals can still use these arms to carry out their crime against unsuspecting innocent victims,â€ he said.
Four of the five suspects hailed from Edo while the fifth, a gate man, hailed from Nassarawa State.
One of the suspects, an OND holder, claimed he was a card carrying member of a major political party in the state.
The suspect said he was a member of the state forestry committee until a few months ago, when he relinquished his job because of the low N12,000 monthly pay.
Two of his fellow suspects are graduates.