… As EFCC arrests 23 suspected internet fraudsters in Ibadan***
Edo’s Gov. Godwin Obaseki on Friday in Benin blamed the increasing rate of drug abuse in the state on the lingering Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.
Reviewing the state’s security situation for the months of February, March and April, Gov. Obaseki said Edo recorded 19 drug abuse cases in February, 34 cases in March and 23 cases in April.
“Drug abuse is now the number two issue of concern in our state.
“Our analysis shows that there is a high rate of consumption of drugs in the last few months.
“This is not unconnected with the ASUU strike which has kept many students at home and idle,’’ the governor said.
The review came after a joint security meeting between the state government and representatives of various security agencies in the state.
“I use the opportunity of this meeting to appeal to ASUU and the Federal Government to do all they can to end this strike as soon as possible.
“This is in the interest of the children so that we do not keep them at home and destroy their lives.
“If they are not going to school, as you know the idle mind is a devil’s workshop.
One way we hope that we can reduce the use of drugs is if we take these children back to school.
“Another issue is the accident rate.
We have observed slight reduction because of the rains.
“We use this medium to further appeal to the Federal Government that the major roads leading into Edo be repaired, particularly the Benin-Auchi, Okpekpe-Okene roads,’’ he said.
Obaseki noted that road accidents accounted for a large number of deaths recorded in the state.
He stressed that the state had enjoyed a relative decline in other incidents, which shows that Edo is becoming safer.
In his remarks, the Commissioner of Police in Edo, Mr Abutu Yaro, corroborated the views of the governor on crime reduction, saying that Edo is safer now than earlier.
In another development, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Zonal Office has arrested 23 suspected internet fraudsters in Ibadan.
This is contained in a statement signed by the commission’s spokesperson, Mr Wilson Uwujaren and made available to newsmen on Friday in Ibadan.
The newsmen recall that the EFCC had arrested no fewer than 200 internet fraudsters in the zone within the last 12 months.
Uwujaren said the suspects were arrested on Thursday at Apata, Jericho and Ire Akari estate areas of Ibadan, following intelligence on their alleged computer fraud-related activities.
He said that 16 of the suspects were indicted by forensic analysis carried out on their devices and incriminating documents recovered from them, while seven others were still under investigation.
Uwujaren said in addition, that seven exotic cars, mobile phones and laptops were recovered from the suspects.
The suspects, he added, would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.