Fulani herdsmen have reportedly hacked five farmers to death in two
separate attacks in Abraka and Obiaruku, both in Ethiope East and
Ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta State.
Southern City News gathered that the
incident happened between Tuesday and Wednesday last week when the
communities were allegedly attacked by the herdsmen who had been having a
running battle with farmers in the areas over the destruction of their
crops by cattle.
The incidents, which have reportedly
sparked tension between local farmers and herdsmen in the state, claimed
the lives of four males and a female as more residents in the state
called for the ejection of the herdsmen from their lands.
According to a source, two of the
victims, who were cousins, Akpovona Felix and Sunday Akpupu, were
indigenes of Eku community residing at the Delta State University host
community of Abraka.
It was gathered that two of them were
killed in their farms as their lifeless bodies were discovered there on
Wednesday. It was learnt that they had gone to the farm on Tuesday but
failed to return home.
The deceased were said to have refused to allow herdsmen to graze their cattle on their farms.
Their corpses were recovered following a search on Wednesday afternoon in a bush said to be very prone to herdsmen attacks.
Akpovona, a father of five, was said to
have been shot by the herdsmen while his brother was hacked to death and
his fingers cut off.
The second incident happened in a farm
around a forest reserve along the Abraka-Benin road, a boundary area
between Urhoka-Abraka and Obiaruku. It claimed the lives of two males
and a female.
The victims, according to sources, were indigenes of Obiaruku community.
“They had gone to the farm last week
Tuesday and when they did not return, the next day, a search party sent
to look for them found their lifeless bodies at separate locations by a
river bank near their farm,” Progress Aganbi, a native of the area,
The state’s Police Public Relations
Officer, Andrew Aniamaka, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, confirmed
that there were clashes in the two areas, but could not immediately
confirmed the number of casualties.
Aniamaka added that security had been
beefed up to prevent any form of reprisal, urging residents and herdsmen
in the area to maintain the peace.