Yahaya Bello, the governor of Kogi state, has condemned the killing of the Chairman of Bunu Hunters and head of the vigilante, Suku community in Kabba-Bunu Local Government council of Kogi State, Caleb Oshe and his son, Sunday Oshe by suspected herdsmen.
Reports monitored by Naija News stated that the suspected herdsmen invaded the residence of the Chairman of the vigilante in Suku at about 3 am on Tuesday, August 13.
It was learned that the suspected herdsmen broke into his house and gunned him and his son down before escaping from the scene.
Reacting to the incident in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Director-General of Media and Publicity to the Governor, Evangelist Kingsley Fanwo, Bello said the security agencies have been charged to ensure those behind the murder are apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law.
The Kogi Governor said it is “unacceptable to his Government and the people of Kogi State”; urging for restraints as security agencies have been deployed to ensure the arrest of the murderers.
“As the Governor of the State, the security of lives and property is what I have sworn to protect. It is therefore unacceptable to us as a people for anyone to murder our citizens. Every life is important to us and we will stop at nothing to unravel the masterminds of the heinous crime.
“Our administration has placed premium attention on security and it is therefore unfortunate that we still have flashes of such dastardly act.
“It is too early to attribute the killings to anyone and no one should take laws into his or her hands. The late Caleb Osho was not only the head of the Vigilante Group in Suku but also the person responsible for logging activities in the community.
“Given the centrality of Suku Community to the politics and economy of the area, we have no choice than to allow security agencies to launch a full-scale investigation into the circumstances leading to the crime. We will support them to achieve success.
“I directed the State Security Adviser to mobilize security agencies to the place which had been done. Our people must be safe from the pangs of Anti-Social criminals who will surely lose the battle against our well-woven security architecture.
“I commiserate with the family of the late Mr. Oshe and the entire Suku community for the irreparable loss. All I can assure you at this moment is that we will ensure justice is done and that we will spread our security dragnet to avert this kind of security issue”.
Bello warned the people in the affected area not to launch any reprisals; assuring them that the security agents on the ground have all it takes, not only to protect them but to also apprehend the murderers.
“I have directed the Security Agencies to make sure the entire area is well combed to ensure anyone bearing unauthorized arm is made to face the wrath of the law”, the Kogi Governor said.