Following the threat of lives and property posed by Fulani herdsmen, the chairman of Aniocha North local government area of Delta state, Hon. Chuks Oseme has charged the vigilante in the area on night patrol especially across the council boundaries.
The council boss gave the charge while playing post to the executive members of each community’s vigilante at the council’s secretariat on Monday, January 29, 2018 in Issele-uku.
Oseme who called on the good people of Aniocha North to rise up and join government in funding of its vigilante to enable them discharge their duty professionally, said that security is everybody’s business and not a one man show.
According to the chairman, “security is a business of everybody, we need assistance from our retire security men and the good spirited individuals in Aniocha North to join us to fund our vigilante to serve us optimally in their guard”.
“I called you here today to know and discuss what is happening in our different communities especially in Fulani/Farmer clash so that we know how to strengthen you and also to suggest night patrol across our boundaries.”
“We know that the group is a voluntary job but let us have the feeling of security in Aniocha North. This time around, I want to take the security our people very serious and I expect everybody in this local government to do so” Oseme stressed.
While he sympathised with the people Oniocha Olona over the recent murder of a farmer by suspected Fulani herdsmen, Oseme urged communities not to collect money from any Fulani herdsmen for the purpose of grazing or housing them so to avoid the clashes.
He said that a large security meeting that would involve Traditional Rulers, the Police and others would be convened in February to champion proper ways of combating the security challenges in the council area.
Responding, the chairman of vigilante group Aniocha North, Mr Osaha John thanked the council boss, saying the meeting is apt and timely considering menace of Fulani in the country.
He said that the issue of Fulani herdsmen is alarming, blaming Olona incident to people who collect money from Fulani people in the name of allocating space to them.
“Olona knows these Fulani very well, they gave them land, now the Fulani have started killing them, because not giving these people land is the problem but chase them away is the problem. As I speak to you now, the herdsmen have moved to Ubulu community. Something should be done now to avert another killings” he lamented.
In another development, Corps Members serving in Aniocha North local government area, have congratulated Hon. Chuks Oseme on his election victory.
The Corps members led by Sunday Alhassan from Kogi state said that the Corps members deem it fit to pay a solidarity visit to the executive chairman of Aniocha North council to show their support.