Herdsmen Menace: Okowa decries Wanton Killings says Intelligence Gathering Key to Curbing Menace

Ossissa Community Protest in front of Okowa
Ossissa youth, carrying placards, shouting we don’t want Fulani herdsmen during Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s visit to Ossissa community in Delta State. ( BRIPIN ENARUSAI)

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has said intelligence gathering should be adopted as one of the best ways to tackle Fulani herdsmen menace in the country.

Governor Okowa dropped the hint Monday when he led top government functionaries to pay assessment visit to Ossissa community in Ndokwa East local government area of Delta State which was recently attacked by Fulani herdsmen.

“You should identify, notify security men or government officials on the location of armed herdsmen and they will be dislodged,” he said.

The Governor who decried the effects of Fulani herdsmen menace on Deltans called on communities to be proactive, assuring that any herdsmen caught with dangerous weapon or perceived to be a threat to Deltans would face the laws of the land.

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According to him, a detachment of Police officers would be sent to the Ossissa community to check the menace of the herdsmen.

Okowa in Ossissa
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa (middle); Deputy Speaker, Rt Hon Friday Osanebi (right) and State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ibrahim Zanna (left) during the Governor’s visit to Ossissa community over the killing of people by Fulani herdsmen in the Community. (BRIPIN ENARUSAI)

He assured Deltans that the Federal Government was working on policies to check activities of herdsmen, noting that they should be patient.

“No doubt, you people are in severe pains, unfortunately, we lost some people,” Governor Okowa said, while condoling the families of the victims of the menace and the Ossissa community.

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He emphasised, “surely, the people who are carrying AK 47 assault rifles and other unlicensed weapons are not on the side of the law and anyone who is caught with such, will face the wrath of the law.”

Governor Okowa urged the community to remain peaceful and law abiding

Recalling their ordeal in the hands of the herdsmen, some members of the community disclosed how some members of the community lost their lives to series of herdsmen attack.

Ossissa Women Protest Against Herdsmen Menace
Ossissa Community Women, during the Governor’s visit to Ossissa community over the killing of people by Fulani herdsmen in the Community. (BRIPIN ENARUSAI)

Hon. Joseph Kukaye specifically called on the government to take proactive steps to check the menace of the herdsmen because, it was no longer safe to go to their farms which has led to famine and low economic activities in the community.

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