Group laments over spate of insecurity in Edo, urges FG to review NIM architecture

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A socio-political group, Afenmai Patriotic Development Association (APDA) has decried the spate of insecurity in Edo Sate condemning the kidnap and subsequent killing of a United States of America based businessman, Chief Dennis Abuda.

A statement signed by the President and General Secretary of the group, Chief Kennedy Izuagbe and Lucky Anyia in Benin City urged the Governor Godwin Obaseki’s led government to improve security in the state and empower local vigilante groups to complement the efforts of the conventional security agencies.

The Group also called on the Federal Government to look into the architecture of the Nigerian Immigration Services that now allows the Fulani Herdsmen carry AK 47 riffles.

The statement reads in part: “The Association leadership calls on the Edo State Government to immediately step up its security apparatus particularly along major highways across the State. We also note with dismay the incessant harassment of Edo indigenes especially farmers who can no longer engage in their farming businesses as their women are raped and their men killed in their farms.

“The Association implores the Edo State government as a matter of urgency to empower local vigilantes to complement the efforts of the Nigerian Police Force who appear to be overwhelmed by the sheer guts of these suspected Fulani herdsmen.

“The Association believes that empowering the local vigilantes would mean that from Ibillo to Igarra, from Igarra to Auchi, from Auchi to Warrake to Afuze, Ewu road through Uromi to Agbor, Okpilla through Auchi to Ehor to Benin City and other communities would lead to discouraging the murderous attacks by these suspected killer herdsmen.

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“The Association equally uses the opportunity to call on the Federal Government to look into the architecture of the Nigerian Immigration Services as in the past, Fulani herdsmen used to be very friendly to the extent that people always visited their camps to buy furadinono. However, modern day Fulani are now seen wielding AK 47 riffles. How did the AK 47 wielding Fulani find their ways into the Nigeria territory? This and many other questions are begging for answers.

“We commiserate with the entire Afenmai people and especially Fugar indigenes on the death of their illustrious son and pray for the repose of his soul.”