The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), on Monday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to beef up security in response to the spate of killings and kidnapping in Edo State.
The groups, who made the call in a joint statement signed by Harrison Omokhua and Pius Oiwoh for NMA and NBA respectively also called on the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force to intensify efforts in the fight against criminality in the State.
Harrison Omokhua, state chairman of NMA and Pius Oiwoh, NBA chairman Benin branch frowned at the increasing insecurity in the state.
The professional bodies said the incessant killings, robbery attacks, cult clashes especially the lackadaisical attitude of the security personnel in checking the ugly situation have heightened fears among residents.
They, however, recommended the redeployment of security personnel and clearing of troubled spots of about 50 meters from the road on the Benin-Auchi axis as it was done in Benin Ore axis.
“Suffice us to state here that, apart from the armed robbery, cultism, killing of innocent people, kidnapping has also increased; for instance, no fewer than 7 persons are kidnapped daily on the Benin-Auchi road.
“We also call on the president of the country and the Inspector General of Police to immediately come to the rescue of Edo people and save them from the hands of these hoodlums who have continued to make them live in fear and uncertainties”, they said.
The duo, commended Governor Godwin Obaseki for his efforts at curbing the menace, adding that all hands must be on deck to achieve positive impact.
They reiterated their commitment to leading advocacy for a better life for the citizenry.