Armed Fulani herdsmen have allegedly murdered five farmers in two coordinated attacks carried out in Abraka and Obiaruku, both in Ethiope East and Ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta State.
A report attributed to Southern City News has it on good authority that the ugly incident took place between Tuesday and Wednesday last week when the communities were allegedly attacked by the herdsmen who were having a rift with the local farmers in the areas over the destruction of their farm produce by cattle.
The disagreement between the herdsmen and the local farmers in Ethiope local government had risen to alarming levels and led to the murder of the five farmers, which included four males and one female – residents and farmers in the state have continuously called for the herdsmen to be ejected from their land.
A farmer who spoke with Southern City News revealed that, two of the victims, who were cousins, Akpovona Felix and Sunday Akpupu, were indigenes of Eku community residing at the Delta State University. It was gathered that two of them were killed in their farms as their lifeless bodies were discovered there on Wednesday. It was gathered that the slain farmers had gone to their farms on Tuesday but failed to return home.
A source who spoke to reporters said the victims had gone to the farm on Tuesday but failed to return home. It was learnt that the deceased were among those who firmly refused to allow cattle to their farmlands.
A father of five, identified as Akpovona, was reportedly shot while his brother was hacked to death and his fingers cut off by the inhumane herdsmen.
In a separate incident which occured in a farm close to a forest reserve situated along the Abraka-Benin road, a boundary area between Urhoka-Abraka and Obiaruku; It was reported that two males and a female were killed in their farms.
A native of the area, Progress Aganbi, said: “They had gone to the farm last week Tuesday and when they did not return, the next day, a search party sent to look for them found their lifeless bodies at separate locations by a river bank near their farm,”
Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Aniamaka who also doubles as Deputy Superintendent of Police, confirmed the clashes in the two areas, but said he could not confirm how many people lost their life during the incident.