The Federal Government of Nigeria has condemned the attack on Ogba Zoo and Nature Park in Benin, Edo State, on Sunday, during which three policemen were killed and the Head of the Zoo, Dr. Andy Ehanire, was abducted by the attackers.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement issued on Monday, described the attack on one of the country’s foremost tourist destinations as an unfortunate incident, saying it constitutes a setback to government’s efforts at developing the tourism sector for socio-economic benefits to the country.
“The success or failure of a tourism destination depends largely on a safe and secure environment. Incidences such as the attack on the Ogba Zoo and Nature Park therefore negate the concept of tourism as well as government’s determination to develop our tourism industry as a tool for socio-economic development.
”The killing of the three policemen attached to the zoo to provide security for fun seekers, the abduction of the zoo boss and the trauma suffered by the visitors who witnessed the attack are saddening, condemnable and most unfortunate,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed said the government will step up security in all the tourist sites across the country to prevent a recurrence of such attacks. He urged the abductors of Dr. Ehanire to quickly release him unharmed.
He also sent his condolences to the families of the policemen who were killed in the attack, and prayed that God will grant repose to their souls.