From Jefferson Ibiwale, Benin
The Edo State Police command has called on owners of uncompleted buildings in the state to ensure that they are free from undesirable persons who may want to use it as meeting camps to conceive their wicked acts.
The state commissioner of police, Foluso Adebanjo, made the call Tuesday while parading 46 suspects arrested for various crimes, including armed robbery, kidnapping, rape and cultism.
Adebanjo urged owners of such buildings to feel free to request the assistance of security agencies to help get rid these unwanted elements if necessary to avoid their buildings being used to hatch and commit crimes.
The police boss who enjoined citizens of the state to be vigilant and partner with security agencies to promote safety, also called on motor park owners and operators of shopping malls to properly scan and search parked vehicles to ensure they do not carry explosive devices, just as he requested hotel operators and other hospitality-related industries to always screen their guests.
Adebanjo also called on residential owners, institutions, churches/mosques, hotels and park owners to install close circuit television, CCTV, and other surveillance devices strategically in their premises, to ward off criminal minds.
Among suspects paraded was a man who had allegedly received over 100 stolen vehicles.
Items recovered from some of the suspects include 14 assorted guns, 17 AK 47 Magazines, seven vehicles and 2,112 AK 47 ammunition among others.
The police chief noted that the war against crime in the state will be fought relentlessly and called for more support from members of the public to achieve a crime-free state.