From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
The Urhobo Social Political Group, otherwise Known as Urhobo Progressive Union ( UPU) worldwide has petitioned President Mohammadu Buhari over the recent killing of some farmers in Uwheru community by suspected herdsmen over sharp disagreement in the destruction of their farm crops worth millions of Naira.
The group in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Abel Oshevire, a copy made available to journalists in Asaba on Tuesday, stated that the group received with shock the report of attacks and killings by herdsmen in Agadama town and other villages in Uwheru Community in Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state, where over eight persons were brutality murdered and many others displaced from their ancestral land.
The statement further averred that the group was particularly worried that men on military uniform supported the herdsmen who shot sporadically, urging President Buhari and the military authorities to investigate this allegation with a view to bringing the security agents and herdsmen involved in this dastardly killings to book, adding” As we also speak ,a whole community in Uwheru, Avwon have been taken over by these herdsmen, while all indigenes have fled the place for their lives, A lot of the people have become refugees in other places, families have been displaced and many who escaped the killings through the bush remain missing and unaccounted for.”
The group said that other Uwheru communities like Oreba, Owarovwo, Ophororo , Ohoror, Urede among others are constantly faced with the attacks from the herdsmen who openly boast that they will take over these communities unchallenged, and have since been witnessing mass exodus of people due to the feriocity and daring at which these vampire herdsmen perpetrate their gruesome activities.
The statement alleged that the herdsmen are known to even demand for levies and protection money from the people in Uwheru Community who are pursuing their legitimate livelihood of fishing and farming on their ancestral lands, stressing that those who resist these demands have been known to be attacked, raped, maimed or killed by the wicked herdsmen, adding” we find it ridiculous, insulting, offensive, unacceptable, unimaginable and disgusting that strangers we took in and accommodated as part of us, and as fellow Nigerians, should turn around to become our tormentors and killers? God forbid, we will no longer condone this.”.