Igbanke police station.
The Edo State Police Commissioner, Mr. Olayinka B. Balogun has inaugurated the Igbanke Police Station, which was built and donated by Chief Henry Omorodion. Balogun, who was visibly elated with the gesture, openly apologised for arriving the venue behind schedule while the chiefs were already seated amid the cheering crowd.
He expressed delight that the singular gesture would assist the Police and aptly repeated the aphorism “The police is your friend”. The Edo Police boss noted that the station was built to standards and specifications of a modern police station which gives it the ability to perform maximally. He added that he was part and parcel of the design and supervision of the project in his capacity as a principal officer to the then Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro. He pointed out that he was quite impressed that his new posting to the state has afforded him the rare opportunity of commissioning the station he was part of the design and supervision. He did not fail to mention the joy he has for the people of Edo State generally because he has seen that security issues were not played down in the state, a situation that has kept him busier than he expected.
To emphasize that point, he informed the crowed of his earlier engagement at another commissioning that same day before arriving Igbanke. The high point of the occasion was the formal inauguration, which was performed by the commissioner, a representative of the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Muhammed Abubakar in the company of the donor and his immediate family members.
The ceremony was a thing of joy, honour and colour when Benin chiefs converged on Igbanke community, Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State penultimate week end to witness the event. Ostensibly, their purpose was to share with one of their own, Chief Omorodion, who joined to perform the inauguration ceremony of the ultra-modern Police Station he built and donated to the Nigerian Police Force. The donor’s speech was delivered by Mr. Terry Omorodion, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Hensmor group of companies. Chief Omorodion who is also the Odunanoba of Benin Kingdom narrated how he was inspired to build the station for the community as his token towards the enhancement and development of Igbanke. He noted that there was no meaningful investment and development that could be attracted to a community with a porous security network. According to him, Igbanke is now in a better position to fight crime and with the expected reduction on the level of crime; multiple developments and infrastructure would easily be attracted to the area.
Earlier, His Royal Highness I.O Uwaifor (JP) the Enogie of Omolua, in his speech, appreciated Chief Omorodion and recognised him as one of the prominent and illustrious sons of Igbanke and a core Benin man who would at any point in time think good of his community. He recalled several infrastructural contributions of Chief Omorodion to his community which include; opening and maintaining a large mechanised farm, undertaking of grading of Igbanke roads from time to time etc. He called on other endowed people in the community to emulate Chief Omorodion.
Chief Uwaifo remarked that the new station was big enough to accommodate more officers and men of the force. He also called for the upgrading of the station to a division. He pleaded with the authorities to utilize the station appropriately by providing required number of arms and ammunition, increased manpower and fitting the building with modern gadgets amongst other requests.
Chief Omorodion also presented the station with the newly refurbished Chevrolet Police Van with alluring lights, siren and other security gadgets fully fitted to the van for effective performance. The occasion was a huge success as it was well attended with the Iyase of Benin Kingdom, Chief S.O Igbe leading other chiefs who represented the Oba of Benin, Oba Erediauwa, Chief P.N. Omorodion, high Chief Francis Inegbeneki and wife, Helen, were amongst other dignitaries present at the occasion.