Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, on Monday, met with security chiefs in the state over the recent abduction of two Catholic priests.
VANTAGE NEWS reports that the state had in recent weeks witnessed series of abductions of Catholic priests.
Reverend Fathers Uboh Philemon of St. Joseph Retreat Centre and Rev. Fr. Udom Peter of Uromi Catholic Church, both of Ugbokha, Esan South East LGA, Edo State were the latest victims.
Addressing the security chiefs, the Shaibu who is currently the Acting Governor, said, “We are working to secure our churches and communities. We are looking beyond securing the churches alone but focusing on securing our communities and state.
“There is work in progress and we have discussed a whole lot of security issues and in the coming weeks, things will surely change in the state to ensure a secured environment for Edo people.”
The Edo State Police Commissioner, Abutu Yaro, while speaking, said the security situation of the state has been reviewed at the Security Council meeting and measures have been put in place to ensure safety.
He said, “We have just finished our emergency Security Council meeting and have reviewed the security situation at the moment and the overall security of the state and have adopted measures that are relevant to the needs of the moment and that of the future.
“We wish to inform you and all persons in the state and beyond that the Edo State Government is on top of the situation and people should be reassured that despite the situation at the moment, the state is stable and under control.”
He promised that the security agencies are working tirelessly to track the kidnappers and release the abducted Catholic priests.
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