James Faleke, a former running mate to the late governorship candidate, Abubakar Audu, in the last Kogi State Election, recently accused the state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, of trying to create future problems for the state in the name of vigilante.
Faleke, a representative of the Ikeja Federal constituency at the House of Representatives, said to journalists on the phone on Sunday that he wants to appeal to the governor in the area of security; that as much as he is dealing with security issues, he should stop breeding future problem for the state, as he learnt that the governor 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,” he said.
When asked for his view on the occasion of the states 26th anniversary, he said there was nothing to celebrate in view of the poverty, intimidation, and reckless administration saturating the state.
He went on to commend Kogites for standing strong in the face of poverty, intimidation and reckless administration. He commended them for not going to the streets, he commended the civil servants for believing that there is tomorrow and he also commended the populace generally for believing that tomorrow will be better than today.
“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 problem,” he said.
The Director General, Media and Publicity to the Governor, Kingsley Fanwo, retorted, saying the Vigilante Security Operatives are well trained and licensed to bear arms and so, would not pose any security threat since they were well trained. He urged Faleke to forget the past and join the state government to ensure peace in the state.
“It is heartwarming to note that Kogi is becoming safer by the day and our toga of criminality is giving way. All security apparatus will be oiled to enable our people to have peace. Only criminals or people of criminal intentions are afraid of the security architecture in the state today.” he said.