From: Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Following the alleged attacks on Ovrode Community in Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta state by suspected fulani hersdmen, Its residents on Monday raised the fear of the unknown, saying that the attacks on them had been eleven years with their farm crops worth millions of naira destroyed and their housewives allegedly raped in their farmlands
The Chairman of the Community, Julius Onojame who spoke to Journalists in the area said that the people as law-abiding citizens of Nigeria, had been under seige of onslaught by the suspected fulani hersdmen, adding that the people were willing to embrace peace if the suspected fulani hersdmen were ready and however called on the Delta state government to come to their aid with a view to relocating the fulani hersdmen.
Ovrode Community residents at a meeting on Sunday sent an emergency”Save Our Soul” ( SOS) call to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the State Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Muhammed Inuwah over the alleged unfriendly behaviour and activities of the fulani hersdmen pasturing in their bush and farmlands, adding” the call for the relocation of the fulani hersdmen became imperative to avoid further crisis, especially in the alleged killing and burial of one of the herdsmen recently in a shallow grave in the area by unknown gunmen as the police said the matter was under investigation with suspected persons now helping the police in their Investigation”.
It was gathered that several meetings had been held as regards to the incident to no avail, but the Chairman of Isoko North Local Government, Mr Emmanuel Egbabor who confirmed this to Journalists in the area, said he had held series of meetings with the community’s stakeholders and other neighbouring Communities especially with Ushie and Aradhe on security matters.
He added that Ovrode Kingdom people are peace loving people who always accommodate all kinds of persons on the basis of extending hands of fellowship and upholding the spirit of oneness in order to promote peace, security of lives and property, development and growth in the place.
Meanwhile, an Indigene of Ovrode Community and Chairman of the physically Challeged Persons in Isoko North Local Government Area of the state, Mr Simeon Ikuta said that it was time for the herdsmen to relocate after eleven years of stay in their bush and farmlands where the cows have eaten up their farm Crops thereby causing them hunger.