Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, says he has intelligence reports on some politicians importing thugs and firearms into the state to cause mayhem.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communications, Crusoe Osagie, said in a statement in Benin that hoodlums were being imported into the state through some riverine communities.
Osagie warned that government would arrest and prosecute anyone who violates the law.
According to the statement, “The Edo State Government has received intelligence reports that some unscrupulous politicians are mobilising hoodlums from neighbouring states to come into Edo through the riverine communities and other land borders, to cause mayhem.
“We want to put the public on alert and warn them to be wary of strange faces and movements in their neigbhourhoods. Once such suspicious persons are identified, members of the public are advised to alert security agencies and the government so that appropriate action will be taken.
“In this light, we warn those stockpiling arms and plotting to cause mayhem to be assured that the government will spare nothing in ensuring that they are identified, arrested and brought to justice, no matter who they are.
“Governor Godwin Obaseki is charged with the duty of protecting the lives and property of Edo people. He will not abdicate this role because of political expediency.
“This is why he signed the gazette to ensure proper management of political gatherings, a move that was informed by the insights from an epidemiological study conducted by researchers at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH).”
Ahead of the Edo governorship election scheduled for September 19, Governor Obaseki and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, have remained at loggerheads over the mode of primary for electing the party’s governorship candidate on June 22.