Fulani Herdsmen Invade Delta Community, Destroy Crops, Others

The chairman and members of Delta State Livestock Management Committee has been urged to be proactive in area of responsibilities to prevent farmers from taking laws into their hands.

The chairman of Igbe-Ogume Community Development Committee, Ndokwa West Local Area, Delta State, Comrade Chibueze Friday gave the advice while assessing the damages orchestrated by suspected Fulani Herdsmen in the community.

Recently, there have been several reports on encroachment by Fulani Herdsmen into various areas in the state, leading to destruction of crops and other properties.

It was verified that Fulani Herdsmen had on December 23, 2021 chased one Mr. Philip Otu out of his farm at Ogbeani Quarter, Kwale after destruction of his crops.

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It was gathered that the farm owner reported the incident to the local government council who sought the intervention of the mediafor, Mr Mathew Ujene to calm the troubling water.

In a related development, suspected Fulani Herdsmen have on January 02, 2022 enchroached on Igbe-Ogume community farmlands destroying their crops and defacing the position of the community yam barn.

This occurrence, which led to invitation of the mediator between the herdsmen and farmers prevented the people of Igbe-Ogume from erecting community yam barn for fear of further destruction.

In a meeting held at the palace of the community head, Mr. Chibueze Friday called on the state livestock management committee members to be steadfast in their statutory duties to avoid further occurrences.

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He thanked governor Ifeanyi Okowa for appointing Mr Mathew Ujene into the State Livestock Management Committee, saying that his appointment was not politically contrived but as a result of hard work.

The CDC chairman thanked the mediator for his quick response, and the effort he had made for Deltans to enjoy relative peace.

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Africa Investigative Magazine learned that the Mediator, in company of the vigilante chairman and other members visited the affected farmlands to ascertain the level of destruction.

Commenting, Mr Mathew Ujene who was in last month appointed as member representing Delta North at the state livestock management committee thanked the people for peaceful approach, and vowed to bring the perpetrators to book.

Ujene admitted that the state government has placed a ban on open grazing in the state and anyone found wanting shall be prosecuted by the respective authorities.

The livestock management committee member called on the herders in the state to comply strictly with the anti-open grazing law.

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