Nigeria: Three Edo State Security Network Members Killed
Three members of the Edo State Security Network (ESSN) were ruthlessly murdered by unidentified gunmen in the Okhun Community, a part of the Ovia North-East Local Government Area in Edo State, Nigeria. The incident is believed to be a result of a leadership dispute within the community, although there are speculations that it could also be a retaliatory attack by a cult.
The Deadly Ambush
In a viral audio/video clip, a member of the ESSN, known only as ‘Commander Small Baba’, recounted the horrifying incident. They received a tip-off about local troublemakers discharging weapons recklessly within the Okhun Community. Despite their swift response to the information, the ESSN members were ambushed by the unidentified gunmen, leading to the tragic death of three of their colleagues. ‘Commander Small Baba’ reported being shot but was fortunate enough to escape.
The recent incident follows a series of violent events in the Okhun Community, including an inter-cult conflict in Benin, which resulted in at least 10 deaths. The area has seen a significant escalation in violence, bringing into question the safety of the community and the effectiveness of local security forces.
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The Role of Local Authorities
Chidi SP Nwabuzor, the spokesperson for the Edo State Police Command, has not yet confirmed the incident but has pledged to initiate an investigation. As the violence continues to rise, the role of local authorities in maintaining peace and order comes under scrutiny. The local police’s actions will be pivotal in ensuring the safety of the community and preventing further acts of violence.
The recent surge in violence in the Edo State area raises grave concerns about community safety and the efficacy of local security forces. The tragic loss of ESSN members underlines the dire need for more robust and effective security measures. The incident also highlights the potential repercussions of unresolved communal disputes, emphasizing the urgent need for conflict resolution mechanisms.
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