The Edo State Government has refuted claims that it was the Islamic State of West Africa Province, ISWAP, that burnt a police vehicle in the northern part of the state.
A statement by the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Mr. Chris Osa Nehikhare explained that it was “…bandits not ISWAP, Resorting to guerilla tactics.”
He said that the attack was carried out “by fleeing bandits at Ibillo-Igarra Road Junction, where they burnt a Wabaizigan patrol vehicle on September 22, 2022.”
According to the Commissioner, the report is based on “…a thorough investigation by the state security outfits involving the Police, Nigerian Army, Edo State Vigilante Network and Nigeria Civil Defence Corp.
“There is no evidence of ISWAP or its operatives in Edo State.
“Government assures that it will continue to provide support to the security agencies in the state to tackle crime and criminality and also enhance patrols of the state’s borders to make the state most uncomfortable for the decimated bandits.
“The Edo State government restates its commitment to the safety of lives and property in the state and to the sustenance of a safe environment for citizens to go about their lawful businesses.” The statement concluded.
It will be recalled that some online news channels had reported that the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), was responsible for the burning of a police vehicle. The reports also added that a policeman was killed in the process.