Six Injured, Others Raped In Delta State
Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, over the weekend, attacked Uwheru community in Delta State, and reportedly injured up to six persons in their farmlands.
The attackers according to reports obtained by Naija News, also raped two housewives at gunpoint as the victims were making their way home.
“We all were in the same farmlands when they entered with their cattle. As we tried to raise alarm, they attacked us, after which they fled leaving their cattle,” one of the victims told newsmen.
The Delta state police commissioner, Anthony Agbizi who confirmed the attack to newsmen in Asaba, said that the police have already launched a man hunt of the herdsmen.
CP Agbizi said “the police will do everything possible to ensure the herdsmen are brought to book, the herdsmen were said to have attacked some farmers and injured them, while two women were allegedly raped by the same herdsmen, the police will leave no stone unturned to bring them to book” .
Also speaking with newsmen, the traditional ruler of the community, HRM,Agbavwe Afugbeya Oyise 11, sought the urgent intervention of the federal government as well as that of the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa in stopping such attacks.
“The attacks are becoming too unbecoming and unbearable, the safety of my subjects is my concern and is at present threatened.
“We can’t go to our farmlands again, the herdsmen are raping our women, it’s pathetic, and taboo in my kingdom, especially in Urhobo land for a house wife to be raped.
“Our major occupation is farming but for fear of the herdsmen we can’t go to our farms again. We are now hungry. If you look around, there is hunger because nobody goes to farm again, the herdsmen are boasting that we don’t have right to drive them away.
“We are appealing to the police and federal government to help us warn the herdsmen to stay away from our land and farmlands,” the traditional ruler said.