The Police Command in Edo has reacted to the killing of Mr Hillary Nosa Odia, a staff member of Independent Television and Radio, Benin City during fighting between gangs of secret cults in Benin, the state capital.
The Command in a statement on Tuesday by its Public Relations Officer, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, attributed the killing of the journalist to the recent surge in secret cult fighting and the killings in Benin, which, according to it, have claimed the lives of innocent citizens with Odia being one of the latest victims.
However, the Command said it was sincerely and vigorously fighting this crime and wished to end it for the state to be peaceful for all.
Its efforts in fighting against secret cult members and to stop the killings, Nwabuzor said, were shown in the loss of one of its personnel on Dec. 24, during an operation in the Ugbowo axis of the city.
“Nevertheless, a sizable number of arrests of the secret cult members of various cult groups have been made in different locations in the state and will soon be charged to court for prosecution.
“In view of the above, Mr Mohammed Adamu Dankwara, the Commissioner Of Police Edo, appeals to the people of Edo State to remain calm and go about with their Christmas celebrations.
“He reiterates the command’s commitments and readiness of officers and men to ensure the safety of the lives and property of the citizenry and residents of Edo State during this yuletide period.
“He, however, solicits the citizens’ participation in giving out information to the Police, as modern and civilise policing entail citizenship and community policing,” the command’s spokesperson said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Odia was reportedly shot dead on Christmas eve at a drinking joint near Esigie Police Station in the heart of Benin.