Uduaghan Calls For Vigilance Against Excesses Of Fulani Herdsmen
SAN FRANCISCO, March 20, (THEWILL) - Delta State Governor, Dr.
Emmanuel Uduaghan has called on traditional rulers to be vigilant and promptly report activities of Fulani herdsmen that are likely to breach the peace in their domains.
Governor Uduaghan who made the call on Thursday in Warri at a meeting with traditional rulers and chairmen of transition committees of different local government councils of the state observed that in view of the recent spate of violence perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen, vigilance was necessary to identify persons entering the state with sinister motive(s).
"We welcome visitors to our communities and state but we will not welcome visitors that will give us trouble," the Governor said, asserting: "Those that are coming illegitimately into our state will not be allowed to stay with us.
" Dr Uduaghan urged traditional rulers to be at alert to avoid untoward occurrence between their subjects and Fulani herdsmen, disclosing that government was working with security operatives to forestall clashes between communities and herdsmen.
He frowned at recent spate of criminal attacks and sabotage of oil and gas installations in the state by some unscrupulous elements under the guise of agitation, warning that the Federal and Delta State Governments 'will not be blackmailed by anybody.
' Governor Uduaghan asked any group having legitimate grievances to be civil in pursuing them rather than resorting to violence, adding that the government was 'ready and prepared to deal with such criminals and nobody can threaten this country.
' Uduaghan informed that there has been drastic reduction in incidences of kidnapping, armed robbery and sea piracy in the state, except for isolated cases, assuring that the State Government was working tirelessly to completely eradicate violent crimes in the state.
He particularly commended the Ovie of Agbon, Ukori I and the Kokori Community for the support and cooperation they have given Government and security agencies in the fight against kidnapping in the state.
Governor Uduaghan also commended members of the State House of Assembly for the maturity and peaceful approach they employed in effecting change in the leadership of the House, observing Delta State has set the pace on peaceful transition in assembly leadership.
Uduaghan appealed to traditional rulers to advice aspirants who are seeking for their blessings to carry out their campaigns and consultations in a peaceful manner while also pleading with politicians to pursue their ambitions peacefully.