Delta Govt rejects Fulani vigilante, says ‘no’ to land takeover by herdsmen
By Nosa Akenzua
The Delta state government on Tuesday rejected the Fulani Vigilante Group in the state, saying “We will not allow herdsmen take over our lands.”
While the state government, however, guaranteed the protection of all community lands within its territory from occupation by marauders popularly called herders, the governor’s special adviser on peace-building and conflict resolution, Chief Edwin Uzor, said that the state government would never accept Fulani Vigilante Group in the state. He urged the herders resident in the state to assist the government in fishing out the criminal elements among them and appealed to the communities for patience with the state government in finding a lasting solution to the frequent clashes.
He said “Someone in the meeting with leaders once questioned the huge population of cows in Delta state fearing whether it was in a bid to take over Delta state lands because we cannot give them our lands,”
Meanwhile, some residents of the most affected communities accused the Fulani herdsmen of frustrating their efforts of ensuring peace by their serial absence from meetings, even as they appreciated the state government’s efforts at reducing incidence of rape, kidnap and killings traceable to the activities of herdsmen.