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Nigeria: Why We Set Up Neighbourhood Watch C'ttee - Oshiomhole

11 March, 2013
Gabriel Enogholase, Vanguard
March 11, 2013

Benin — EDO State governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, weekend in Benin, explained the rational behind the setting up of Edo State Neighbourhood Watch Committee, insisting that it was not designed to replace the various law enforcement agencies operating in the state.

"Their role is to discreetly conduct surveillance, gather information and report to the police and other security agencies through the prescribed channels of communication," he said at the Peoples Parliament of Nigerian National Conversation Platform.

"Right now, Nigeria is facing the gravest security challenges since independence. When this administration came on board, it observed that the efforts of the Federal Government to stem criminality in the Niger Delta States of Delta, Rivers and Bayelsa, created unintended consequences for other states like Edo.

"As the Joint Task Force, JTF, smoked out kidnappers and other criminal elements from the region, they sought haven in Edo and other adjoining states. The government therefore, invited and held consultation with the JTF Commander at that time to seek ways the operations of JTF could be extended to Edo State. It was revealed that the law and mandate of JTF limited their operations to the core Niger Delta states of Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers.

"It became imperative, therefore, for Edo State Government to find other means to protect the lives and property of Edo people. After series of consultations with respective stakeholders, the government decided to establish the Edo State Neighborhood Watch Committee, relying on the Neighborhood Watch Law passed on February 7, 2002, by the Edo State House of Assembly," he said.

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