Governor Obaseki stated this during a fact-finding mission to the Odighi community in the Uhiere ward of Ovia-North East Local Government Area of Edo State, to address the clashes between herders and farmers.
“We must separate the issues of security and politics and never accept the issue of criminality,” the governor said.
“We have always lived with herders and those we know, act responsibly. The ones we see today are different and act otherwise. These ones that cause violence, kidnapping, robbery are criminals and must be treated as such.”
The governor gave the assurance that his administration will collaborate with relevant security agencies and vigilante groups to clear the criminal elements from the area.
Meanwhile, he commended inhabitants of the community for their peaceful disposition and for organizing themselves to secure the area.