Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has said preparations, especially those pertaining to security, are being finalized for the 2nd coronation anniversary of Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’ Edo, Uku Akpolo kpolo, Oba Ewuare II.
TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports Governor Obaseki made this known after meeting with heads of security agencies in the state, including the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, and Head of the Department of State Security (DSS) in the state.
He assured that adequate security measures have been set up in preparation for the 2nd coronation anniversary of the Benin Monarch, while noting that a combined team of security operatives will be deployed to ensure adequate security for the ceremony.
TNG gathers that the security meeting followed the receipt of intelligence on plans by those who do not mean well for the state to disrupt the peace and scale up nefarious activities with the ceremony, and as the year comes to an end.
The Governor said the state government will not relent in its effort to flush out criminal elements from the state, assuring that security has been beefed up with relevant agencies to ensure the safety of life and property in the state.
“I have met with the Commissioner of Police and the DSS boss over the increased spate of cult activities in the state and we are deploying resources to ensure that those fuelling the crimes are brought to book.
“We are committed to a safe Edo State and will not tolerate any criminality. I am very much committed to stemming the increased criminality perpetuated by cult groups and gangs in the state.
“As a state that is forward-looking and desirous to attract foreign investment, I want to reiterate that we have exited the days when cult activities held sway in society. We have beefed up measures to check the reported cases. The new security architecture is taking shape to ensure that the people are safe,” Obaseki said.
Oba Ewuare II, born October 20, 1953, was crowned the Oba of Benin on 20 October 2016. He is the 40th, and not the 39th Oba, a title created for the Head of State (Emperor) of the Benin Empire at some time between 1180 and 1300.
Meanwhile, the Benin Traditional Council has announced the launch of a book on the history of Benin kingdom for October 20, 2018.