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Obaseki assures safety for all despite purported killing video

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By Nosa Akenzua, Benin

Edo state governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has assured the Hausa community in the state safety and security of all residents irrespective of tribe, religion or political affiliation, saying that the Hausa Community had always been part of the ancient Benin Kingdom.

Obaseki, who spoke to journalists on Tuesday in Benin City, said that the viral purported video of the alleged killings of Hausas, was a distraction to cause chaos in the state, adding that it was a deliberate attempt by misguided people with the intent to cause fear and chaos in the state and the country at large.

He said “from what I have seen; from what I have heard; I have gone round communities and what I could see was just a deliberate attempt by some misguided people to play politics with security in Nigeria. This is really unfortunate. I went round some communities a few days ago, and I have found nothing.

A lot of herdsmen are looking for greener pastures and then stray into other people’s property and farm lands. We have set up systems to check this in Edo state. We are just going to reactivate those systems.”

Obaseki continued “Every local government must have a committee to look into and deal with herders and farmers crisis and this committee must have a minimum of three representatives from Arewa and Fulani communities and other dominant communities in the local government and, on the other side, you will have the representatives of traditional institutions and the security agencies who are supposed to intervene whenever there is a crisis in those areas.”

The governor, however, assured that a command and control centre had been created to allow members of the Arewa Community with useful information to address the farmers/herders crisis to volunteer such anonymously.

The Sarkin Hausa Arewa of Edo state, Alhaji Adamu Isa, also debunked the purported video of alleged killing of herdsmen in Benin City, describing the video as false and malicious and adding that “We have discussed the issues of banditry, herders and farmers crisis and other security challenges and the lies being posted on social media that some Arewa members were being killed in Edo. He said that the herders/farmers clash being mentioned was an old situation that had been resolved.

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