Nigeria: Looting – Soldiers Guard Govt Buildings in Benin

The AIG appealed to the media to do accurate reportage of the incidents to help check cases of fake news which he said is. aggravating the crisis.

Security operatives, mostly soldiers, have taken over the guard of government buildings and diverted movements from such areas in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The move is to forestall a voice message that went viral indicating that government buildings would be torched by hoodlums across the state.

PREMIUM TIMES observed on Sunday that the major area housing government’s Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the state capital, popularly called Palm House, along Sapele Road, have been taken over by soldiers.

It was also observed that one of the lanes was completely closed to traffic, while the road behind the building that also leads to the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Department of State Services (DSS), the police state command and the state ministry of agriculture was also completely closed to traffic.

Also, owing to attacks on government warehouses across the state capital on Saturday, the road leading to 4 Brigade headquarters of the Nigerian Army along the Benin Golf Course Road was also closed to traffic as the road leads to a private warehouse allegedly being funded by some interests in the state government.

AIG’s warning

Meanwhile, Zone 5 of the Nigeria Police Force with headquarters in Benin has warned lawbreakers to stay off the streets of Edo and Delta states.

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 5, Shola David, gave the warning shortly before a security meeting by selected senior officers of the zone, comprising Edo and Delta.

While urging law-abiding citizens to go about their legitimate businesses, Mr David assured residents of the resolve by the police to restore public confidence.

He appealed to the media to do accurate reportage of the incidents to help check cases of fake news which he said was aggravating the crisis.

Mr David said the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, had directed the police to occupy all their areas of operation to provide security.

“The IGP however warns trouble-makers not to test the collective will of the nation by coming out to cause any further breakdown of law and order.