Bello meets Kogi com­mu­nity, vows to fish out killers

The Punch - - NEWS - Gbenga Odo­gun, Lokoja

The Kogi State Gover­nor, Al­haji Ya­haya Bello, on Thurs­day met with Tawari com­mu­nity and promised to fish out the per­pe­tra­tors of last week’s at­tacks which had so far claimed 29 lives.

Bello who held a peace meet­ing at the Govern­ment house Lokoja, on Thurs­day with the para­mount rulers and res­i­dents of Tawari, called for calm, ad­ding that the govern­ment was work­ing to re­store per­ma­nent peace in the area.

he added that ca­su­alty fig­ure had risen to 29 as more deaths hd been dis­cov­ered in vil­lages in the district.

he said, “The Tawari peo­ple are peace­ful; the at­tack took place when there was no provo­ca­tion. This ad­min­is­tra­tion will leave no stone un­turned to fish out those be­hind the das­tard acts against the com­mu­ni­ties.

“We will not fold our arms and watch ban­dits and ter­ror­ists un­leash may­hem on our peo­ple. We will adopt a se­cu­rity mea­sures that will be mo­bile and ef­fec­tive to deal with any se­cu­rity chal­lenge.”

he promised to adopt com­mu­nity polic­ing to com­ple­ment the ac­tiv­i­ties of the con­ven­tional po­lice whom he said were over­whelmed with in­ad­e­quate man­power and lack of knowl­edge of the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

ear­lier, the youth leader of the Tawari com­mu­nity, which com­prise four vil­lages, Gabriel Ndazago, said the ini­tial fig­ure of 24 deaths were recorded in Towari vil­lages while five other bod­ies were picked up from three other mak­ing it 29 deaths.

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