The Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comr. Philip Shaibu on Thursday reassured residents that the government will intensify efforts at providing adequate security to check the rising spate of herders’ activities in the state.
Shaibu gave the assurance while addressing the people of Oshodin, Areyen, Okokodo and Ofitebe in Ovia North East Local Government Area, who were on a peaceful protest to Edo Government House over the alleged invasion of their communities by herdsmen.
Shaibu noted, “As a state, we had made up our mind not to lament but look for solutions on how to protect our country and our state.
“There was also an attack in the early hours of today in Niger State; it’s a national problem. As we speak now, Governor Godwin Obaseki and other governors are in Abuja to discuss this insecurity issue in our country.
“You will remember that we are bringing in local vigilantes to collaborate with law enforcement agencies; we are strengthening our system and will still need your support.”
He continued: “We don’t want to take laws into our hands but at the same time, we cannot fold our hands and watch the people kill us. Take it easy; some bodies are yet to be found, I have had a discussion with the security agencies.
“They will move into that area; I can assure you that they will recover their bodies and we will intensify the security in that area. We will categorize that area as one of the flashpoints so that you can sleep with your eyes closed.”
“At the same time, for the young men, we need you not to sleep with your eyes closed so that you can understand what is going on in your areas. We want you to give us information that will be useful to us,” he charged.
The deputy governor further urged the residents to provide useful information to security agencies that will assist in the discharge of their duties.
One of the brothers of the deceased, Mr. Gabriel Afemi, said that Fulani herdsmen laid ambush and allegedly killed his brother, Mr. Omojuwa Afemi, calling on the government to come to their aid and tackle the current security challenge in the area.
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