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Edo vigilante operatives repel herdsmen attack, shoot one dead

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By Nosa Akenzua, Benin

A team of brave vigilante operatives in Edo state have repelled an attack by gun-wielding herdsmen who attacked their communities in Esan South East local government area of the state.

It was gathered that six herdsmen who operated on three motorcycles had invaded the Eko Oghenyen and Ahia Udakpa communities at the weekend. One of the marauders was said to have died from gunshot injuries sustained in the ensuing gun duel between them and the vigilante group members.

The police public relations officer in the state, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the incident saying that the police were investigating the attack with a view to ensuring the arrest of the suspect behind the attack.

Meanwhile, the 88-year-old owner of the storey building housing the Ugbekun police station at Upper Sakponba Road razed during the 2020 #ENDSARS protests, Pa Olaye Anthony, at the weekend, asked the Edo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for victims of SARS and Related Abuses for a N40 million compensation. Speaking to journalists at the panel, counsel to the petitioner, Blessing Agheta, said that his client chose to approach the panel for redress because the building served as a retirement benefit for him and now that it was no more, he wondered how he could cope with the harsh economic situation currently rattling Nigerians. He said that, if the government could help him rebuild the burnt building, he would be happy. In the alternative, he said the government should give him N40 million as compensation.

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