The commissioner of Edo state Police Command, CP Philip Ogbadu, has said that as a result of the #EndSARS protests in the country last year, policemen in his state of jurisdiction, Edo, were afraid to wear their uniforms when he assumed office in January.
Ogbadu said, “As at the time we came in January, it was a difficult time in Edo as the effect of the #EndSAR protest in the state was still bitting hard. It was a very difficult time so much that the policemen were not wearing their uniforms, they could not go out for patrol, while their morale was low.”
The CP spoke during a courtesy visit from the National President, Police Officers Wives Association, Hajiya Hajara Usman in Benin.
“We were also having as many as seven kidnappings and 10 robbery cases in a day but with the management team headed by me and with the assistance of the IG, we were able to reclaim the public space,” he added.
The CP continued, “It took time and efforts to build the morale, discipline and confidence of officers to be able to come out to reclaim the public space with the support from the IGP and POWA.”
CP Ogbadu commended Hajiya Usman for making Edo priority and the empowerment of officers wives.
“With your motherly advice, we have commenced the construction of the police primary school at Etete Division and environmental sanitation exercise at Ogida Barrack,” he explained.