Herdsmen Kill Three Farmers Again In Delta

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Asaba- While the controversy over the killing of three persons in Abraka/Isiokolo, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State by suspected Fulani herdsmen is yet to be settled, three farmers have again been allegedly murdered weekend on their way to farm by herdsmen in Owah-Abbi village in Ukwuani Local Government Area, Delta State.

Other Ukwuani communities like Obiaruku, Ossisa, Ndemili, Ogume, and Onitcha Ukwuani to mention but

a few, have frequently come under similar attacks in the recent past with scores of deaths and injuries.

Findings by Daily Independent Newspapers confirmed that in the past, the community hardly heard of herdsmen killings, and there was mutual respect between farmers and herdsmen but nowadays the herdsmen are always on

the warpath.

Rather than grazing their cattle on open grasslands, they now prefer grazing in people’s farms and on planted crops, now harass and kill our farmers even without provocation because they are armed whime farmers are not.

Ukwuani Social Improvement League, USIL, a socio- cultural organisation in Delta State in a statement signed by its Chairman, Mr Chidi Uwabuofu decried what it termed ‘incessant killings’ of

Ukwuani farmers by herdsmen.

He warned that the community is gradually losing its patience with government’s lacklustre approach in handling these occurrences in Ukwuani land, saying if the attacks are allowed to continue, its people may be left with nothing

“Just few days ago, specifically on the 9th of April 2019 three of our hardworking youths from Owah-Abbi

in Ukwuani LGA were gunned down on their way to their respective farms by herdsmen”.

While questioning while government has not taken drastic action to halt the killings, he described the Ukwuani people as peace loving and law abiding who depend on subsistence farming to survive and grow economically.

“The frequent killing of Ukwuani farmers, the decimation of their farmlands and products by killer herdsmen is becoming increasingly worrisome and this is obviously at variance with the rationale for instituting government,” USIL said.

It called on federal government to immediately disarm all herdsmen operating in Ukwuani land, noting that“the reason why they (Herders) keep taking undue advantage over our (Ukwuani) people is because they seemingly have the backing to be armed while our people do not have.” Uwabuofu confirmed.

State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya could not be reached to comment on the latest development.

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