Excutive Assistant on Communications to the Delta State governor, Dr Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Abubakar Adamu and Commissioner of Police in Delta State, Adeleke Bode, to urgently use their good offices to stop the criminal activities of Fulani herdsmen and killing of harmless and innocent Deltans in their farmlands.
His appeal is contained in a statement condemning the killing of over eight persons in Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area and three youths in Ukwuani, in the state. Oghenesivbe noted that the impunity of these Fulani herdsmen may cause breach of peace, law and order in the state if the relevant authorities fail to order the direct combing of the affected communities, arrest and prosecute the murderers, who have caused pains, sorrows and agony to the deceased families.
He faulted the IGP and Delta Commissioner of Police, for folding their hands and doing nothing about criminal activities of the herdsmen as can be seen from obvious negligence of duty resulting in “no arrest and prosecution” of the lawless boko haram insurgents parading themselves as herdsmen.
“Herdsmen do not rape women, young girls and kill people in farmlands, such criminal activities rest in the domain of terrorists such as Boko Haram; who are parading themselves as Fulani herdsmen in Delta State and around the country.
“The Chief Security Officer of the State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, has limit as to his control of security operatives in the state due to the exclusive constitutional right of the federal government in the control of the police and other security agencies.
“As it is today, the state Commissioner of Police takes direct instructions from the Inspector General of Police while the IGP is answerable to Mr. President, showing that Okowa merely interacts with the CP and other heads of security agencies on how to better secure the state, assist security agencies financially, provide vehicles and equipment without corresponding powers to absolutely control their official activities, actions and inactions.
“It follows that as Chief Security Officer of Delta State, Gov Okowa cannot issue orders that may bind or direct the heads of security agencies when it comes to complex and politically motivated criminal activities of some blood tasty Fulani herdsmen in some communities in the state.