Vice-President (Prof.) Yemi Osinbajo (middle) and Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State (l) During the Former's Visit

Herdsmen’s Attacks: Government will beef up security, ensure justice for victims in Ebonyi ─VP Osinbajo

*Vice-President (Prof.) Yemi Osinbajo visits Ebonyi State to express sympathy over the recent attacks, assuring the people that the government would ensure justice for the victims in the state

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While assuring the people of justice for victims of the attacks in the state, the Nigerian Government has said it will beef up security in communities affected by the recent communal clashes and violent attacks in Ebonyi State.

Mr. Laolu Akande, Presidential spokesman, in a press release said Vice-President (Prof.) Yemi Osinbajo stated this afternoon on Easter Sunday afternoon during a visit to Ebonyi State shortly after attending Resurrection Sunday Service at the Aso Villa Chapel, in Abuja, FCT.

Vice-President Osinbajo, while sympathising with the victims condemned the attacks, describing such acts as cowardly, wicked and “very deeply distressing”.

He, however, assured the people that the government would ensure justice for victims of the attacks.

The statement noted that during Osinbajo’s visit to the state, the Vice-President stopped at the Egedegede community in Ishielu Local Government Area, which suffered suspected herdsmen attacks recently and Ezza/Effium communities in Ohaukwu Local Government Area where communal clashes had occurred.

Visiting at the direction of the President, the Vice-President later held an interactive session with stakeholders at the State capital before returning to Abuja Sunday night, the statement noted.

He said: “There is no way we can, by saying sorry, fully compensate for the lives that have been lost and property destroyed.

“I want you to know that one way we can do something is by seeking justice and providing for the families of those who have lost their homes and we would do so.”

The government will ensure justice is done and the perpetrators brought to book, while urging the people of the communities to remain calm and avoid reprisal attacks, said Osinbajo.

He stated: “Let me assure you that we will seek justice on behalf of those who have died not just because they are Nigerians, but because they are human beings and they deserve justice.

David Umahi, Ebonyi State Governor, who received Osinbajo at his first stop at Ishielu LGA, was said to have accompanied him on the visit to the affected areas in the state.

He had earlier been welcomed by the Enugu State Governor, Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu from where he drove to Ebonyi State, the statement said.

On the VP’s delegation to Ebonyi State Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister for Information and Culture; Mr. Uche Ogah, Minister of State for Steel and Mines Development; and Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Special Adviser on Political Affairs to the President, among other dignitaries.

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