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Killings by alleged herdsmen unsettle Delta community

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By Nosa Akenzua

Allegations of continued killings perpetrated by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Onicha Olona in Aniocha North local government area of Delta state has unsettled its residents who, yesterday (Monday), sought the urgent steps to curb the bizarre activities in the area.

It was gathered that several farmers had allegedly been killed in their farms in the community by the suspected herdsmen who in the last few months had been on rampage in the community.

Sources said following the alleged killings, residents, including the farmers, had boycotted their farm work to stay indoors, a situation that had created tension laced with unexpected hunger in the community, especially with the difficult economic development across the globe. 

Last Wednesday, two farmers were allegedly murdered by these rampaging herdsmen who on their alleged failure to provide them with money were shot dead on the spot

But the police public relations officer in the state, DSP Edafe Bright, who confirmed the incident, said the police were on the trail of the hoodlums adding that “We are investigating the incident with a view to ensuring that those behind the nefarious activities are brought to arrest in the community.”

Women, especially housewives in the community, are allegedly raped almost on daily basis by these suspected Fulani herdsmen who are reportedly armed with AK-47S in the bush where they are alleged to have built different tents including warehouse for their weapons.

Speaking to our correspondent, the traditional ruler of the community, Obi Christopher Diji said “We are under siege of Fulani herdsmen;s attacks and they have been killing our farmers and we have abandoned our farm lands. We are now hungry; no food for fear of the unknown. These Fulani herdsmen have also raped our women severally, kidnapped our people as they go with AK-47 rifles, in disguise as cattle rearers. Our community bush has turned into haven for criminals. We want the security agents to come to our aid because we are suffering. We need Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to intervene urgently because we are not safe at all again. We are hungry.”

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