Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole
Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City
Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, and the state acting Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Hurdi, have kicked against the warning given by the United States Government to its citizens not to travel to the state over alleged insecurity.
The Bureau of Consular Affairs of the US Department of State had banned its citizens from travelling to 10 states, including Edo because of “the security situation in Nigeria remains fluid and unpredictable.”
According to him, “the US listing was erroneous and “Edo is safe.”
He rejected the travel warning issued by the US Department of State and assured sons and daughters of the state, including other visitors of adequate safety during the holidays.
Oshiomhole, who spoke through the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, said it was laughable that the state was on the list, which “might suggest that the US Department of State is not in tune with events in Nigeria.”
The governor noted that even though the parameters used by the Department of State were unclear, security agencies in the country could confirm that the state was the safest in the South-south region of the country and one of the safest in the country.
“Those who come to equity must do so with clean hands. If the US Department of State could include Edo State in its advisory list, then it should also issue a travel warning to citizens of the world to avoid Connecticut where 20 innocent Elementary School Students and six of their teachers were cut down in the confines of their classrooms just two weeks ago.
“It would do good to also issue a travel advisory to people of the World on New Jersey which”, according to the Cable News network (CNN), “has already suffered 65 violent deaths in 2012” and on Philadelphia where the “the year-to-date total of homicides is 322. Last year, 324 were killed.”
“While we concede that the security of lives and property is an integral part of development, we make bold to state that no society is eternally perfect. There is no gainsaying the fact that the administration of Oshiomhole, has invested heavily on security more than any government before it and the gains of such investment are there for all to see,” he maintained.
On his part, Hurdi said no foreigner has been kidnapped or robbed in the state to warrant such travel warnings.
He said security operatives were on 24 hours alert to curb criminal activities.
The Acting State Police boss said the state was safe and that his men were ready to combat any crime.