There is palpable tension in Edo, following the infiltration of over 200 suspected Fulani herdsmen into the state, on Monday night.
It was learnt that following a tip off, the state vigilant group erected a road block around the Egba junction in Benin City, the state capital and they were apprehended.
According to a reliable source, the suspected Fulani herdsmen whose mission is yet to be ascertained was found with different charms.
The source said residents of the state are uncomfortable with their presence, considering the security situation in the country and wants the state government to urgently send them back to their states.
“It was on Monday night that we heard about a lorry carrying some Fulani herdsmen and the state vigilant was alerted and major roads leading to Benin were blocked, leading to their arrest.
“When the news filtered into town, residents in the city began to panic. I can tell you now that there is serious tension and the charms found with them further heightened the tension of their exact mission”, the source said.
When contacted by our correspondent, the Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Security, Haruna Yusuf confirmed the development but said the government will only make a statement after the complete profiling of the suspects.
He said: “We got an informtion yesterday (Monday), that some people in a trailer had entered the state through Auchi from Kogi State. We immediately activated our security network. The Commissioner of Police was also informed.
“We cannot confirm for now their real identity and mission. You know that the constitution provides for freedom of movement. So no one can be stopped from moving from one place to the other.
“However, if that movement is suspcious or questionable then it will be looked into. So, after the state vigilante officials apprehended them, they were handed over to the police for profiling.
Yusuf assured residents of the state not to panic, adding that the government is capable of providing security for all lives and property as its primary responsibility.