Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa has complained bitterly about the invasion of the state by Fulani herdsmen.
The governor said that the ruthless herders have developed confidence to the extent that they charge fees before the community members can access their farms. This development the governor said occours in some communities in Uwheru, Ughelli North LGA
This fact was made known on Friday while he was receiving the Assistant Inspector General in charge of Zone 5, Rasheed Akintunde in Delta who was on a familiarisation tour of the state police command.
He said, “There is a particular community in Delta State, at a point in time, we discussed it at security council meeting and just yesterday (Thursday) while I was in Ughelli North for my regular Town Hall meeting, the people raised a very serious issue about the Uwheru community.
“It is a very pathetic situation, because the President-General of the community spoke on the fact that out of seven communities, three of them are actually occupied by the herdsmen and the farmers are told that they must pay the herdsmen before they can enter their farms and that is very disturbing because it is strange for indigenes to pay money before they can enter their farms and I believe something has to be done before it evolves into a crisis situation.
“And this has been going on for several years but it has gotten worse of recent. So, AIG, this situation has to be addressed immediately as security issue.”
He argued that the lives of Deltans are being threatened daily by the Fulani herdsmen.
This development adds flesh to the calls for state police owing yobtge failure of the federal government to address the unfortunate situation of senseless killings by Fulani herdsmen throughout Nigeria.