Obiaruku Farmers Flee As Suspected Herdsmen Invade Farmlands, Seize Food Items
Farmers in Obiaruku, Ukwani Local Government Area of Delta State have reported fled after suspected Fulani herdsmen chased them away and took over their farmlands.
It was gathered that the incident occurred on Saturday and the herdsmen also held some of the farmers hostage.
The incident had raised tension in the community as the residents gathered on Thursday discussing the fate of the farmers, who had yet to come back home.
residents of the community said the tension generated by the herdsmen had escalated as they allegedly took over farmlands, seized food items from farmers and held some hostage.
Vigilantes and youths were said to have stormed the bushes on a rescue mission, while residents of Obiaruku called on the relevant authorities to intervene.
An indigene of the community, who simply identified himself as Uti, stated that farmers had refused to return to their farms since Saturday when the incident occurred.
Uti stated, “The herdsmen held the farmers hostage, drove the Obiaruku people from their farms and put their cows on the farms to eat up cassava and other crops.
The Chairman, Ukwuani Local Government Council, Mr Possible Ajede, who confirmed the incident said security agents and community leaders were already on top of the situation.
Ajede stated that due to the rapid response of a combined team of the police and local vigilantes, eight persons earlier held hostage by the herdsmen had been rescued, adding, however, that three natives of the town were still being held.