January 2, 2021

Edo Insecurity: Eholor calls for citizen’s self-defense, license to bear arms 

Nigeria map indicating Edo State

Nigeria map indicating Edo State

Accuses Gov Obaseki over alleged poor utilization of security vote

By Gabriel Ewepu – Abuja

A social crusader and Founder, One Lover Foundation, OLF, Chief Patrick Eholor, Thursday, called for citizens’ self-defense and license to bear arms following a spate of insecurity in Edo State recently.

Eholor stated this in a chat with Vanguard while expressing disappointment over the alleged poor utilization of security vote by the Obaseki-led administration, as kidnapping, cultism, killings and other vices continue to increase in the State.

He also disclosed his intention to take legal action against the Federal Government, demanding citizen’s right to bear arms for self-defense as insecurity continues to deteriorate across the country.

He said: “The security vote has not been used judiciously by the government of Godwin Obaseki, and that is the reason why insecurity has seriously deteriorated and now it is a nightmare for citizens including investors in Edo State.

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“I was told from a reliable source he (Obaseki) gives the Police and Department of State Security, DSS, and other security agencies nothing more than N20 million monthly.

“Out of this amount over N700 million monthly is taken out from the federal government allocation accruing to the Edo State,yet there is increase in criminal activities including cultism, kidnapping, armed robbery, and killings.

“We have never seen it so bad like this in Edo State. It is indeed, unfortunate, alarming and frightening with the dimension all these have assumed.

“To worsen the whole issue, Fulani herdsmen have taken over our farms and villages. In fact, Edo State is under siege as we the people of Edo are at the mercy of these bandits including those in power ruling us.

“That is the reason why I am calling for citizen’s self-defense and to bear firearms for self defense. I am not saying citizens should carry arms against the State or become criminals but purely for self-defense because the people including children, aged, disabled and women are killed by these criminals. How long are we are going to be killed?

“That is why I am taking the federal government to court to ask for our right as citizens to carry guns because we can no longer sleep with our two eyes closed because Edo State government has failed us including the federal government.”

However, he advised the federal government to do everything possible to adequately train and equip the Nigeria Police Force, and provide appreciable welfare package and reward for personnel who distinguished themselves in accordance with international standards.

“My suggestion is, equip the Nigerian Police Force adequately with professional training and necessary arms including appreciable welfare package and reward in order to boost their morale and commitment.

“Reward them when they are doing well, give them electricity, pay them adequate salary, boost their confidence, renovate and build modern Police Barracks, barracks, give them modern firearms and well equipped patrol vehicles”, he stated.