The obviously beaten-out governor to be, Hon. James Faleke- James Faleke has flagrantly accused Alhaji Yahaya Bello, Kogi state governor of breeding future problems for the state. He said this much that Governor Bello is training hooligans in the name of fighting crimes,with the use of vigilante groups.
But one Kingsley Fanwo, allegedly DG, Media and Publicity to the governor, has reacted in his principal’s defense saying that the vigilantes would not pose any security threat because they were well-trained. Who knows where this political face-off will end?
Faleke, Dino Melaye, Smart Adeyemi, Yahaya Bello et al…. Let us give you the latest in the scenario. The lawmaker representing Ikeja Federal constituency at the House of Representatives, James Faleke, has accused Alhaji Yahaya Bello, Kogi state governor of breeding future problems for the state in the name of vigilantes. Faleke, who was a former running mate to Prince Audu Abubakar, late governorship candidate in the last election in Kogi state, last Sunday, August 28, said that Governor Bello was training hooligans in the name of fighting crimes with the use of vigilantes.
He said, “I want to appeal to the governor in the area of security; as much as he is dealing with security issues, he should stop breeding future problem for the state. I learnt he is using the army to train 1,500 youths, who he calls vigilantes and he gives them guns. I don’t know whether he would be able to retrieve the guns from these people.”
Adeleke, however, said there was nothing to celebrate in view of the poverty, intimidation, and reckless administration pervading the state.
“Just for me to commend Kogites for standing strong in the face of poverty, in the face of intimidation and reckless administration. I commend Kogites for not going to the streets, I commend the civil servants for believing that there is tomorrow. I commend the populace generally for believing that tomorrow will be better than today,” he said.
He added: “Training hooligans in the name of vigilantes was how Boko Haram started in Borno state. When politicians arm civilians and thugs and at the end of it they were unable to retrieve them it becomes a problem.”
However, the director general, Media and Publicity to the governor, Kingsley Fanwo, said the vigilantes would not pose any security threat because they were well trained. “The Vigilante Security Operatives are well trained and licensed to bear arms. It is in furtherance of the governor’s determination to rid the state of criminal elements which is already yielding fruits.