Edo State Commissioner of Police, Philip Ogbadu, represented by the Command Public Relations Officer, SP Kantonge Bello, with other members of the joint security team when the operatives visited Abumwenre Community in Ovia North East Local Government of Edo State, which was alleged to have been invaded by bandits.
By Valentine Amanze
The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Philip Ogbadu, has described as fake the news alleging that a community in Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state has been invaded and seized by marauding bandits.
Ogbadu disclosed this when he led a joint security team of Police, Army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and local vigilante, among others, to the community.
The Police commissioner, who was represented by the Command Public Relations Officer, SP Kantonge Bello, reassured on the commitment of the security agencies to the protection of lives and property of residents.
According to him, “The news making the rounds on social media that a community in Edo State was sacked over the weekend by herdsmen is not true. A joint security force made up of the Army and Police have visited the area to get first-hand information on the issue.
“We have been directed following the report of the sack of the community, which is why we came here with journalists to visit the community. It was an issue of farmer and herders clash.”
Describing the story as false, Ogbadu noted nobody was killed nor houses burnt as alleged in the fake news.
He stated, “People are agitated by the story; we are here to ensure the tension is reduced. The community has not been sacked as reported by some aspects of the media. No house was burnt and nobody killed. We have visited the village in the company of the Area Commander, DPO Ekiadolor and the Army.
“We want to assure the people that are residing here that they are safe. We assure you of the safety of lives and property. This delegation is here to show that the government and security agencies are committed to ensuring that there is no breakdown of law and order in the state.”