DCP vs Orhionmwon Chairman, Who will Herdsmen Obey?
There is a ‘confusion of obedience’ going on at Orhionmwon Local Government, in Edo state on who herdsmen in the area must obey.
Some days ago, the Chairman of Orhionmwon Local Government, Hon. Sylvester Okoro, sent a vacation notice to the Fulani Herdsmen in the area.
To make his fact clear, he called a meeting which involved the the Edo State Commissioner of police presided over by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ayodeji Faniyan, saying that the council cannot be intimidated into submitting the lives of Orhionmwon residents on the altar of patronage as he officially sworn to protect the lives and properties of the people.
The council boss while acknowledging pleas from the Chambers of Bar. Olayiwola Afolabi on the need to be cooperative in ensuring a holistic documentation of genuine herders, lamented the role of the police to put the cat before the horse.
But DCP Ayodeji Faniyan countered him saying that not even the state governor can order the vacation of herdsmen from a locality let alone a Council Chairman – a statement which the Chairman has seen as bias in favour of over 15 mobilized leaders of the Fulani herdsmen who hitherto never honoured any invitation to security meetings at the council.
“The position of the council is unambiguous. We have given the Fulani herdsmen 2 weeks to vacate the local government to enable us carry out a proper documentation of the genuine herdsmen. They approached us for a one week extension which has elapsed,” Hon. Sylvester Okoro, exclaimed.
He maintained that the recalcitrance of leaders of the herdsmen and the open rejection by community leaders in Orhionmwon is a match towards anarchy which the police is expected to prevent and not act otherwise. He promised further actions towards making sure that the steps taken by the council is implemented to the letter, including involvement of the state government.
There are a lot of recorded evidence patterning to this matter …it was Air in Radio and also in the Television.. He should be ready to leave Edo people alone because we will never accept Herdsmen agent as Our DCP …
What right have you to support and sponsor a group of terrorist in this state?? Note: this state and people in it are not for sale :: if he has being doing that, this is the end of the road for you MR …
We don’t care about any police publication by DSP CHIDI NWABUZOR he should better mind his business on how he is going to serve the people better not writing a publication to support a bad lead of his colleague. Don’t get your hopes up with your publication because this is how it has always being in Nigeria but things has changed now and we stick to the fact that …
We say no to ANY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENT WHO IS NOT WORKING FOR THE SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE …
WE SAY NO TO FULANI HERDSMEN
WE SAY NO DCP HAMMED YUSUF USMAN
Orhionmwon people must live without fears
Moreso, ever since then, the life of the Chairman of Orhionmwon Local Government, Hon. Sylvester Okoro, have been under threat by unknown persons.
On the 20th of May, he posted via Facebook –
My life under threat for my stand against Fulani atrocities in Orhionmwon
“Give them evacuation order doesn’t mean that there would no be grazing in the lga, what we are simply doing is we want to know them and have a proper documentation so that if there any occurrence we know who to hold responsible, in other to do this we are asking them all to leave them come back for proper documentation,” Hon. Sylvester says.