Pandemonium In Delta As Suspected Herders Attack Uwheru Village

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Pandemonium In Delta As Suspected Herders Attack Uwheru Village

Pandemonium In Delta As Suspected Herders Attack Uwheru Village.

Some inhabitants of Port-Avwon, a hamlet in Uwheru Kingdom in Delta State‘s Ughelli North Local Council, abandoned the community yesterday after suspected herdsmen assaulted them over lands, rapping their women and destroying their crops.

Tension and uncertainty erupted in the region as the accused herders invaded the town, prompting residents to escape to neighbouring settlements for safety.

Last Thursday, the suspect and other fleeing herders were discovered damaging their farmlands, according to the kingdom’s President General, Chief Macpherson Egbedi.

He said: “If you can remember when they came last year, they killed 10 people and mass burial was done for them; everyone was aware of it. Even the state government was aware and they said they would not come again.

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“This time they have come and started the same way of destroying our crops again, killing people and raping women in the bush.

“We want the government to come to our rescue because there is nothing we can do. They came with their guns and mercenary. There is nothing we can do. We cannot fight; we don’t have power to fight them.

“Even the one we caught, we brought him as an evidence for the government to know that they are already in the bush trying to go the same way of destroying crops and killing our people.

“We caught this one with the effort of the entire community and any moment they will overpower everybody and the same destruction will take place and starvation will set in. There will be no food; all the women will stop going to farm. We want the government to come to our aid.

“When they came on Thursday, they came with over 30,000 cows and you can imagine when 30,000 cows pass through your farmlands. You will know what they have destroyed.

“We have notified the government about it. The DPO of Ughelli A Division is aware. Ughelli Area Commander is aware that Fulani herdsmen have entered our bush again.”

“Fulani herdsmen issue is a yearly ritual,” stated Chief Benjamin Ohworeko, Secretary of the Uwheru Traditional Council. 

“They come annually and they are here once more”.

Mr. Bright Edafe, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), denied knowing of any Fulani herder being held by the police when approached.

“The community reported that they had issues with some herders. During the fracas, the Fulani people ran away abandoning a child, and the child was taken to the police station. But on interrogation, it was discovered that he was not Fulani but Ijaw,” he stated.

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