He described the Edo protest as politically motivated, following its hijack by brokers allegedly deciding to cause political instability within the state.
Obaseki said: “I’m apprehensive in regards to the stage of criminality.
“Part of the combat we had in our first time period was the problem of sustaining legislation and order and preventing criminality.
“Lots of these criminals hid under the quilt of the godfathers who referred to as them their infantry, lions and tigers.
“You may see them within the last few days, the best way they got here out pouncing on people’s personal properties.
“The disaster in Edo just isn’t the #ENDSARS protests but political because the federal government helps the #ENDSARS protests.
“Just as we defeated them in the election, we will contain them. With my #ENDSARS people, we are going to arrest them and put them back to the zoo.”
“Without legislation and order, there can’t be financial development because no buyers will come right here to make investments.”
According to the governor, his administration recognises the position played by youths in his re-election.
He due to this fact said that his administration had plans to reward the youths with 60 per cent of appointment of youths under the age of 40 in his second tenure.
He said his authorities had no problem with peaceable protests, including, “I requested the police to offer you protection but the police authorities have a choice to both obey me or not.
“Our position as a government is to support the position of the #ENDSARS protesters because their demand is legitimate,” he said, and warranted the youths that he was on their side.
“The Judicial Panel of Inquiry is the first step to go and we have instructed that the number of members be elevated to 20 to accommodate different groups.
“The panel has 90 days and I urge you all to give proof to the panel, which ought to be documented to allow us to implement its report.
“Our safety preparations within the nation should replicate our federal system because I can’t be a governor of a state and never have the option to rent and fire my Commissioner of Police.
“But the #ENDSARS has helped us start the method.
“The Public Works Volunteer is a model of our neighborhood watch within the state.
“We have 900 people being educated. 1,100 others will probably be educated after this set and one other 20 persons per ward will probably be employed to be in charge of public security.
“As the governor, I will do everything within my power to have strong internal security because we need to protect ourselves,” Obaseki said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the assembly was attended by leaders and representatives of over 30 youth organisations in Edo.
A consultant of the protesters, Abraham Oviawe, said their demand emanated from the ache Nigerians had suffered within the fingers of safety operatives over time.
He thanked the governor for constituting the panel to examine the excesses of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad and urged him to make sure that the panel discharged its task creditably for Edo people.
Oviawe urged the police to be civil of their dealings with members of the general public, while urging the police authorities to scrutinise the actions of the anti-cultism unit of the power.
“We urge your government to re-constitute the neighborhood watch and ensure the recruitment process is open and transparent in order to assist community policing in Edo,” he said.
Also, a consultant of Civil Society Organisations within the state, Curtis Ogbebor, urged the federal government to arrest and prosecute those that shot and killed some protesters at King Square in Benin.
A consultant of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Steven Imafidon, said that 60 per cent of victims of police brutality have been college students.