Uromi Bank Robbery: Hon. Ojiezele Commends Ubiaja Security Network, Condemns Robbery Attack.

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Uromi Bank Robbery: Hon. Ojiezele Commends Ubiaja Security Network, Condemns Robbery Attack.

By Innocent Okoh
27 February, 2022.

The Member Representing Esan South East Constituency in the Edo state House of Assembly, Hon. Ojiezele Osezua Sunday (a.k.a Ikpenomhen), has on Sunday commended the joint security network of Ubiaja, the administrative headquarters of Esan South East LGA, over the recovery of the money and cars stolen by the armed robbers that attacked four banks last Thursday in Uromi, Esan North East LGA of Edo state.

The gang of armed robbers had on Thursday stormed four banks in Uromi, carting away over N34m but they were allegedly intercepted by some members of the local vigilante in Ubiaja who kept watch in the bush around the boundary between Uromi and Ubiaja, which the armed robbers used as escape route.

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Eye witness account told reporters that the armed robbers were forced to flee in motorcycles, abandoning the vehicles and cash loot stocked in the boots of the vehicles.

The affected banks include Unity, Union, UBA and Zenith Banks, all located at Market Road in Uromi.

Hon. Ojiezele who spoke to our correspondent in Benin city, commended the security team and described their prompt action as an act of bravery.

The lawmaker appreciated God for making sure no Ubiaja member of the local vigilante was killed in the bush, even as he commiserated with families who lost loved ones and those who sustained injuries in the Uromi bank incident which he described as unfortunate.

He called on government at all tiers to contribute in strengthening the security network and surveillance system in the area and further expressed readiness to contribute his quota in the collaborative effort with other individuals and corporate entities.

In his words, “Despite much responsibilities placed on both security agencies, tremendous successes are achieved when there is collaboration. There should be deliberate and sustained efforts to keep these agencies encouraged.”

Stressing the importance of security and law enforcement synergy, the lawmaker said the police, military, vigilante, the EFCC and the National drug law enforcement agency, NDLEA, needed constant synergy to address acts of criminality in the area.

“Count on me to always assist you in your operations here in Esan South East, even as I encourage you to continuously liaise with other law enforcement agencies for better results. We are working for the same Edo people and we need inter-agency co-operation to achieve a better local government area and fight the menace of internal insecurity.” Ojiezele said.

Meanwhile, a statement signed in Benin City by Kontongs Bello, Spokesperson of the Edo State Police Command, reads:

“25/02/2022 at about 07:30 Operatives of the Edo state police command in conjunction with local Vigilantes accompanied by Chief John Odijie, the Oniha of Ubiaja led by the DPO Ubiaja acting on credible information that some vehicles suspected to have been used by armed Robbers in Uromi Bank Robbery Operations on the 24/02 /2022 were seen hidden in Oruen Quaters Bush of Ubiaja in Esan south East Local Government Area of Edo State.

“On receipt of the information the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ubiaja mobilized his men who during the bank robbery operations, police operatives blocked all the exit routes from in and out of Uromi town , together with the team immediately mobilize to the location and recovered the following vehicles and items; One Red Colour Camry car with Reg.No. EZA 105 KJA, One ash Colour Camry Car with Reg. No. KWL 19 DU, One Dark Ash colour corolla car with Reg. No. UBJ 734 SZ, One Lexus 330 car with Reg. No. AAA 973 FL, One Red Q. Link M/CYCLE With Reg. No. EZA 105 QN, One Red Day Long M/Cycle With Reg. No. ENU 204 QL, Two small bags containing women Items, one Union Bank ATM card and Cash Sum Thirty four million, five hundred and ten thausan Naira only ( #34,510,000.00).”

Meanwhile, the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, represented by his Deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu, on Friday, led top government functionaries to Uromi for on-the-spot assessment of the scene of the robbery incident. They also visited the hospital where the injured victims were receiving treatment.

The governor, accompanied by heads of security agencies, was shown the affected banks by Tarzan Tsav, Area Commander of Uromi Police Headquarters.

According to him, “This attack is a well-organised crime. We have heard from the people and have increased surveillance in the area. We are here to find out what happened and the extent of damage done. It’s a fact-finding mission and we have interacted with bank officials, eye witnesses, traders and people living in the area and seen the level of destruction and damage done.

“I am here with all the security chiefs and have seen the damage and beefed up security in the area. I urge all residents of the area to go about their normal businesses.”

“We reassure our people of improved security in the area and guarantee their safety. In the next week, people of this area will see government action on the matter,” he reassured.

Also joining the deputy governor for the ‘on-the-spot’ assessment of the scene of the robbery incident in Uromi, was the Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Marcus Onobun.

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