GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, yesterday, disagreed with former chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, over his comment on the crime situation in the state, saying that crime rate was worse in neighbouring PDP states than in Edo. Oshiomhole, who was reacting to the comment by Chief Anenih, that the spate of crime in Edo State under the Action Congress of Nigeria-led government was alarming, insisted that crime rate in the state had dropped drastically due to the efforts of security agencies and vigilant residents.
The governor stated this when members of Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, in the state, paid him a courtesy visit to intimate him of their programme for the forthcoming Law Week. Chairman of the Benin Branch of the association, Mr. Rasaq Isenalumhe, agreed with the governor, arguing that crime rate in the state had greatly reduced in the last six months.
He said: "We have the statistics and believe when the special courts resume, this will be better. It is clear from all indications that government is doing its best to reduce crime rate in Edo State. We commend you most sincerely for the efforts and your transformation of the state."
Oshiomhole insisted that the state had done its best to complement the efforts of the Federal Government in the area of security.
He said: "When I read the papers, people talk about security and blame the governor. The fact is we must continue to complement the Federal Government in the area of security.”