Gov. Bello receives Tawari community leaders, says perpetrators must face the law

Gov. Bello receives Tawari community leaders, says perpetrators must face the law

- A delegation of the leaders of Tawari community on Thursday, January 9 visited Governor Yahaya Bello

- The visit comes days after the community was invaded by terrorists

- Governor Bello said that he would ensure that every community in Kogi state should be able to protect themselves

Kogi governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello on Thursday, January 9 received a delegation of the leaders of Tawari, the community recently attacked by bandits in the state.

Governor Bello who had earlier sympathised with the Tawari people by visiting the community assured them of timely distribution of relief materials to victims of the attack.

Unknown gunmen on Thursday, January 2 attacked the community in Kogi local government area of Kogi state at night, burning buildings, including the palace of the king of the community.

Gov. Bello receives Tawari community leaders, says perpetrators must face the law

Governor Bello addressing Tawari community leaders during the meeting at Government House, Lokoja. Photo credit: Onogwu Mohammed
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Addressing the delegation, the governor said that a committee had been set up that would immediately commence the distribution of relief materials to the victims of the attack by gunmen.

He called for the cooperation of the traditional rulers, youth groups and other stakeholders to identify those affected so they can get the support of the government.

He also said that he would ensure that every community in Kogi state should be able to protect themselves.

The governor urged the people to live in peace with themselves, and live together with those who come to stay with them, but charged them to resist anyone who comes to launch an attack against them.

Speaking earlier, the administrator of Kogi local government, Barrister Tanko Musa, commended the governor for his swift reaction to the crisis, which he noted had restored normalcy to the area.

A minute silence was observed for the souls lost during the attack.

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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the attack in Tawari community, advising the communities involved to avoid revenge killings and taking the law into their hands so as to restore sanity in the affected areas.

“People should avoid taking the law into their own hands because doing so could make a bad situation worse and undermine the government’s efforts to tackle security challenges.

“I am gravely worried about frequency and temptation of using violence to settle disputes instead of following lawful and amicable means to avoid needless destruction of lives and property,’’ the president said.

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