- Decried Vigilante, Gunmen Rampage in Egume.
The local Government Councils in the 21 LGAs of kogi state were dissolved on the expiration of their tenures on the 14th December, 2023. Since, the dissolution, no caretakers, sole administrators were appointed to oversee the Councils. This leadership vacuum has negatively affected the payment of salary arrears and productivity of workers. insecurity in some council areas involving some vigilante personnel in Egume, Dekina LGA has become worrisome.
Emmanuel Ibrahim, a public analyst writes from Kogi.
It is a popular statement that Government has no place for vacuum but reverse is becoming the case in Kogi State where the Councils of the 21 LGAs were dissolved by Governor Yahaya Bello on the expiration of the tenures on 14th December, 2023 and since then , there was mo appointment of administrators to fill the vacuum.
As it stands now, none of the 21 LGAs has no one the people could run to as their political leader in charge of their welfare and security.
It is trite to argue that the police and other security outfits of government are on ground to take care of the security of the citizenry, but we are all citizens of this country and we know how we behave here.
“Can an ordinary citizens call the police to order? Worse still, when , it is, the personel of same security outfits of the state government are the one hunting the people, killing and maiming them, without leadership to amplify the voices of the communities.
At least elections are over and we implore the governor, as a matter of urgency to show concern for the welfare of the people.
“Just three days ago, a personel of a vigilante group allegedly gun down three citizens of Egume in Dekina LGA of Kogi State for yet to be explained reasons, yet the people of the community and the general public have not heard anything from the government, whether from the state or from the security formation as if nothing has happened.
However,It is not proper for a government that pride itself to have done creditably in the area of taming insecurity above all other state governors in the country could be insensitive to the security of the people at the tail end of his administration.
We call on the Governor to without delay compose councils , irrespective of the nomenclatures to man the Local Government Areas. By this, the confidence of the people on the government would be restored.
Meanwhile, i wish to draw the attention of the governor that his prompt composition of the councils will stem insecurity across the state and guarrante the welfare and well-being of the works at the council, even at this period of Yuletide.