Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki on Monday appealed to officers of Edo State Police command to return to streets to perform their obligatory role of watching over the citizens of the state.
This is as he pledged to rebuild razed police stations, foot medical bills of injured police officers and purchase patrol vehicles for the command
He gave the assurance during a solidarity visit to the state command headquarters in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
Obaseki, noted that just like many other institutions, the Nigeria Police Force need reforms and government at all levels have taken necessary steps to make changes improvements for effective service delivery.
The governor who expressed dissatisfaction over the #EndSARS protest that turned violent clarified that the protest was infiltrated by hoodlums.
He assured the Police Force that the state government would work diligently in ensuring escaped inmates from both correctional centers are rearrested.
“The EndSARS protesters were not that ones who attacked police stations, injured policemen, the people who did that were criminals and should be treated as such.
“Yes, we require reforms and that process has already started. The federal government has acceded and the state government has set up judicial panel of inquiry to investigate.
“Criminals can not take over our land. We will go after each and everyone of the escaped inmates and we will arrest them. They can not spend Christmas with us, they have to spend Christmas where they are supposed to.
“Edo State government will now proceed immediately to begin to rebuild your destroyed building. We already ordered some patrol vehicles and we hope it will be delivered in the next few weeks. We will be responsible for the hospital bills of every officers who have been hurt in the last few weeks,” he said.
Earlier, Commissioner of Police, Edo State, Johnson Kokumo, said the governor’s visit to the headquarter has lifted the spirit of the officers.
The police boss said 11 officers of the police sustained injuries from attacks by hoodlums.