Edo State Police Commissioner, Mr Johnson Kokumo, on Monday warned that the command would no longer watch and allow hoodlums and miscreants to continue to kill policemen on active duty like chicken.
Kokumo urged police personnel to perform their function of keeping the peace and maintaining law and order without showing bitterness to the citizenry as a result of attacks on them and police divisions during the #EndSARS protests.
Kokumo’s declaration also came on the heels of weekend shooting at a police team around Upper Sokponba Junction by M. M. way in which an Assistant Police Commissioner and one officer were shot.
The police team had gone to the area to restore normalcy following reported robbery and killings by rival cult groups.
The State Police Commissioner gave the warning at the inauguration of 70 vigilantes in Ikopaba-Okha Local Government Area of the State.
He said: “it’s our responsibility to sanitize the State and the Inspector General of police has gone ahead with confidence building of the police after the #EndSARS.
“We will keep talking to our men not to police with bitterness. But never again will it happen for someone carrying jack-knife to kill a policeman carrying AK-47.
“The police will no longer fold its hands and die like chicken. I want everyone to take the message home to neighbours and their children.
“Police should use their arms professionally if our lives are in danger or defending others whose lives are facing possible death and we will have justification to use our arms.”
Kokumo, who disclosed that the police had made sizeable arrests in connection with “all manner of crimes” said the operatives would be on a 24- hours joint patrol with sister security agencies in the local government.
Chairman of Ikpoba-Okha local government, Dr Eric Osayande said the vigilantes would be under the council’s payroll, adding that they would “complement existing security architecture in the area.”
According to Osayande, “Governor Obaseki directed that we should call all Enigies (District Heads) to go back to the traditional methods of vigilance watch to fight insecurity.”