The Federal Government has condemned the attack on Ogba Zoo and Nature Park in Benin, Edo state.
The attack occurred on Sunday, when gunmen killed three policemen before abducting the Head of the Zoo, Andy Ehanire.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who made the government’s position known in a statement, described the attack on one of the country’s foremost tourist destinations as a big blow to ongoing efforts to lift the nation’s tourism sector.
“The success or failure of a tourism destination depends largely on a safe and secure environment. The attack on the Ogba Zoo and Nature Park therefore negates 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.’’
Mohammed said the government would step up security in the entire tourist sites in the country in order to prevent a recurrence, while urging the abductors of 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 would grant repose to their souls.