—Allegation baseless, designed to perpetuate violence – Fanwo
The protest by Ihima women against the the renewed political violence in Ebiraland by Kogi APC has entered day two, calling governor Yahaya Bello to order his appointees to retrieve guns distributed to their sons.
The protest which started on Saturday lasted for four hours, saw the aggrieved women visiting the house of political leaders in the land, warning them to return the guns they distributed to their sons to kill themselves and cause confusion in the land.
The women who alleged that OKehi local government Administrator, Abdulraheem Ohiare and Commissioner for water resources, Salami Ozigi was responsible for the political crises that has claimed the lives of not less than two people, more than thirty injured from gunshot and fifteen houses burnt in Obeiba axis of Ihima, OKehi LGA, said they will continue until the political leaders retrieve the guns distributed to their children.
Speaking on behalf of the women, a middle aged woman who simply identified herself as Hajia Abisetu, said they cannot seat anymore and watch what has been happening in the last two months to continue, adding that they will continue until Govenor Yahaya Bello orders his appointees to retrieve the guns distributed to their sons to kill themselves and cause confusion in Ihima.
She said, “We took it upon ourselves to save our land, we went round Ihima yesterday and visited the houses of all the political leaders sponsoring and distribution guns to our sons, we warn them to retrieve their guns from our children for us to have peace in Ihima.
“Instead of doing the needful, OKehi local government Administrator, Abdulraheem Ohiare went and held meeting to sponsor some women from his own place in Eyika to stage another protest here in Ihima in support of his evil.
“This is why we are out again because the Administrator is not ready to change and give us peace in our own land”, she said.
Abisetu pointed out that they are the mothers of the land and it is their duty to protest their own children from the hands of desperate politicians who want to use them as pawn for their selfish interest, adding that they will not stop until the guns they distributed to their children are retrieved from Ihima.
Reacting the Director General Media and Publicity, to Governor Yahaya Bello, Kingsley Fanwo said the allegations are unfounded and a deliberate ploy to orchestrate violence in the area.
According to Fanwo, “the Governor is a first class crime fighter who will never compromise his stance on ridding the state of crimes and violence.
” Government Officials are in tandem with the position of the Governor on stamping out violence in the State.
“We urge members of the public to dismiss the unfounded allegations, spuriously woven to discredit the efforts of government at ensuring peaceful polls.
“We have the assurances and confidence in our security operatives to rise to the occasion and ensure no violence is waged against law abiding citizens of Kogi State.
“We also call on politicians not to overheat the system with unsubstantiated allegations that are capable of breaching public peace.
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