Okowa charges AIG on herdsmen’s activities
Worried by the spate of killings by suspected herdsmen, Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has called on security agencies to curb their activities in parts of the state before it snowballs into crisis.
Okowa, who spoke yesterday when the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) in charge of Zone 5, Mr. Rasheed Akintunde, visited him in Asaba, said: “There is a particular community in Delta State, at a point in time, we discussed it at security council meeting and just yesterday, while I was in Ughelli North for my regular town hall meeting, the people raised a very serious issue about the Uwheru community.
“It is a very pathetic situation, because the president general of the community spoke on the fact that out of their seven communities, three of them are actually occupied by the herdsmen and the farmers are told that they must pay the herdsmen before they can enter their farms.
“That is very disturbing because it is strange for indigenes to pay money before they can enter their farms and I believe something has to be done before it evolves into a crisis situation.”
He lamented that the situation has been on for several years, but has degenerated lately, noting that his administration was concerned about the security of life and property of every Deltan and their communities, adding that the Police and other security agencies must strive to protect the different communities in the state.
Okowa lauded the synergy among security agencies, which has ensured a peaceful Delta State that has become home for investors, saying: “As a people, we know that the more peaceful we are, the more investors will come into the state and in the course of this year, we will witness a lot of groundbreaking ceremonies, as investors are coming to the state in their large numbers.
“We are doing a lot to provide infrastructure and we are doing a lot to engage our youths, because the more youths we engage, the less idle minds we will have in the state.”
The governor assured Akintunde of his administration’s continued support security to agencies in state, saying: “Delta State is largely peaceful, we take matters of security serious. There are a lot of collaborations between different security agencies in the state and beyond the collaborations, we take the issue of information gathering serious, as we nip security challenges in the bud.
“We also have the state advisory and peace building council, which is made up of experienced men and women of impeccable character, who help to maintain peace in the state.”
Akintunde told the governor that he was on a familiarisation tour of Police formations in the state, observing: “Your administration has rendered uncountable support to the Police Command in different areas. Your support has greatly enhanced the performance of the Command and we want to thank you and assure you that the Police will ensure an all time peace in the state.”
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