Delta Gov. Okowa and CP disagrees over Fulani Herdsmen attack

By Factnews on 18/05/2017

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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa

-       Okowa said most of the kidnappings in the state were carried out by Hausa/Fulani

-       CP, Zanna Ibrahim said facts at his disposal pointed to the contrary

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, on Wednesday, declared that most of the kidnappings in the state were carried out by Hausa/Fulani inviduals in connivance with some locals.

But the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim, who spoke to Vanguard on the governor’s claim, said he would not want to trade words with the governor on the issue, but that facts at his disposal pointed to the contrary.

Chief Edwin Uzor, Special Adviser to Okowa on Rural Development and Peace-building, who spoke on behalf of the governor at a town hall meeting in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area, said his administration had done a lot to ensure clashes between herdsmen and Deltans were reduced to the barest minimum.

 “There would have been much more killings but for our consultations. Most of the kidnappings in the state are perpetrated by the Hausa/Fulani in connivance with some of our people.”

Ibrahim in his reaction, said: “Well, he (governor) may have his own statistics with due respect, but you see my own take in this matter is that crime has no nationality. It does not have boundaries or tribe, religion or whatever you are talking about.

“Yes, a lot of these herdsmen and people of Hausa extraction have been found to be involved in heinous crimes. I have records to show that almost everybody that you know is involved in this whole thing. Whether it is an indigene or a non-indigene, they are all involved in this thing.

“I have close to about 112 kidnappers in my custody as at today and the summary of the statistics shows otherwise. For Delta State, we have 80; Anambra 9, Adamawa 8, Taraba 3, Niger 3, Imo 2, Edo 1, Bayelsa 1, Rivers 1, Akwa Ibom 1, Enugu 1, Sokoto 2, Plateau 1 and Kaduna 1. So it does not have boundaries, it depends on what he is furnished with.

“So I would not want to contradict him as he obviously has his reasons for saying that. But the statistics I have is what I am talking about,” he said.




Posted on May, 18 2017

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