Sources report that unknown gunmen in the early hours of Tuesday attacked and killed the head of vigilante in Kabba-Bunu Council Area of Kogi State, Caleb Oshe and his son, Sunday Oshe, in their residence.
The attackers were said to have broken into the house, shot at the man and his son while escaping before people woke up and got to the scene.
Reacting to the sad incident, Governor Yahaya Bello condemned the killing of the head of vigilante and chairman of Bunu Hunters saying security agencies have been charged to ensure those behind the murder are apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law.
In a statement issued on Tuesday through the Director General of Media and Publicity to the Governor, Evangelist Kingsley Fanwo, a copy which was made available to Tribune Online, Governor Bello said the killing is “unacceptable to his Government and the people of Kogi State,” urging for restraints as security agencies have been deployed to ensure the arrest of the murderers.
“As the Governor of the State, the security of lives and property is what I have sworn to protect. It is therefore, unacceptable to us as a people for anyone to murder our citizens.
“Every life is important to us and we will stop at nothing to unravel the masterminds of the heinous crime.
“Our administration has placed premium attention on security and it is therefore, unfortunate that we still have flashes of such dastardly act.
“It is too early to attribute the killings to anyone and no one should take laws into his or her hands. The late Caleb Osho was not only the head of the Vigilante Group in Suku, but also the person responsible for logging activities in the community.
“Given the centrality of Suku Community to the politics and economy of the area, we have no choice than to allow security agencies launch a full scale investigation into the circumstances leading to the crime. We will support them to achieve success.
“I directed the State Security Adviser to mobilize security agencies to the place which had been done. Our people must be safe from the pangs of Anti-Social criminals who will surely lose the battle against our well woven security architecture.
“I commiserate with the family of late Mr Oshe and the entire Suku community for the irreparable loss. All I can assure you at this moment is that we will ensure justice is done and that we will spread our security dragnet to avert this kind of security issue,”
The governor while warning people in the area against reprisal, said he has directed the Security Agencies to make sure the entire area is well combed and those with unauthorized arms fished out.