Tears as man killed by herdsmen is buried

Herdsmen31 lives lost to suspects in Delta community
It was tears yesterday at Agadama-Uwheru community in Ughelli North council of Delta State as one of the 31 persons killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen, Stephen Omamuge Ajaita, was buried.

The victim, a father of three, was one of the 31 persons killed between 2012 and 2015 by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Uwheru kingdom. He was said to have been shot severally in the head with an AK47 rifle as he and other persons tried to ward off the herdsmen from their farms.

He was reportedly killed and abandoned on his farm for several days by the herdsmen as the villagers were too scared to rescue him. His body was later retrieved by members of vigilance groups from adjoining Urhobo communities in Ughelli North.

According to the President-General of the Uwheru Community Development Association, Chief Ogarivi Utso, the herdsmen always arrive in the community during the dry season especially, around November of every year in several trucks loaded with cows. When they come, they take over the open lands, ponds and farmlands and bar indigenes from entering.

According to him, the herdsmen shoot their guns openly in the air as their trucks arrive in the community to inform the people of their presence and to warn them to stay away from the open lands and farms which they subsequently occupy with their herds. The herdsmen leave at the beginning of the rainy season and return in November.

The president-general said Uwheru people now live in perpetual fear as the Fulani herdsmen have wreaked havoc on the kingdom in the past 12 years. They were alleged to have committed assault, rape, maiming and killing of some of the indigenes.

He gave a list of all the people of the Uwheru kingdom who had been killed by the herdsmen since 2012. The list, he said, did not contain names of those killed and whose bodies were never found. He estimated them to be about 10.

Utso said the problem with the herdsmen in Uwheru started in 2004 when Ohoro community of Uwheru was invaded by suspected Fulani herdsmen with the active collaboration of soldiers, during which many houses, including the palatial residence of the then President-General of the community, Mr. Emmanuel Enivwegha, were destroyed. He disclosed that 10 youths, including one Mr. Edjerigho Enivwegha, the immediate younger brother of the then president-general, were killed during the invasion.

“Ohoro was like a floodgate that opened the way to further invasions of the entire Uwheru kingdom till date. Uwheru are peace-loving people known world over as groundnut producers. The majority of them engage in hunting, farming and fishing activities, but the brutal activities of the herdsmen are killing these economic activities of the people and have thrown them into hunger,” Utso said.

He lambasted the police and the Department of State Services (DSS) at the Ughelli North council area for allegedly doing little or nothing to assist the Uwheru people.

According to him, the yearly occupation of Uwheru by heavily armed herdsmen has continued to create hardship for the harmless people of Uwheru.

Utso said all efforts to contain the herdsmen, including bringing them to a roundtable discussion had failed, adding that representations made to all government levels and the police over the years did not yield any positive result.



7 Comments
  • Ify Onabu

    Why are our people complaining? If Fulani herdsmen are taking over our communities, why can’t we fight back? Are Fulani herdsmen untouchable citizens of Nigeria? Communities in Delta state ravaged by murderous herdsmen must learn to fight back. Why all the moaning? Must we watch our people slaughtered in cold blood by strangers and refuse to act? That is the height of cowardice!

  • Dukakis

    Cowards die many times bedore their death. If the government cannot protect the people they should resort to self-help. They should also send written protests to the UN Committee on Human Rights (UNCHR) about their plight. Are there no educated men in the xommunity?

  • adikwu

    Chief Ogarivi do not fear the herdsmen any longer, another dry season is coming, arm your young men to the teeth and face them this time around. The herdsmen kills the FG does nothing about it the law enforcement agents will not say a word which gave the herdsmen the effrontery to kills human beings at will and they kill you from your own livelihood. Now don’t fear again kill them and their cows which is their own livelihood too. But remember from now begin to prepare and arm your people enough. If every community in the country will behave this way their activities must have been checked.

  • BENBELLA

    I am not too sure about the Power of the State to Pass a Law to protect their own State , not allowing them into their States, of Course let them open RANCH, and allowed any buyer to visit them, might solved the issue, The FG government cant stop any traders from moving around , BUT the State can ? Just like the Kaduna State Government with the Religion issue to stop them making noises around , that’s my opinion please . Too much Killing in Nigeria, and one sided laws , To serve and Protect all Citizen by the Constitution of the Land ,,,,, I maybe wrong incase of Nigerian Laws !

  • Asogwa Ikedichukwu

    Why must the North forever taste worse than bitter. Whatever gives them the courage to distract the peace in a land far away from their home seems to be perpetually veiled behind mysteries. But I know that they do all that because the people they disturb have chosen to offer their blood as a sacrifice for peace. However, it is better to act when you should than to keep quite and gradually have yourself killed to extinction. Pick a brain Nigerians!

  • vincent ovo

    I will always say this. An eye for an eye will always be the ideal and last resolve in this case else our people will continue to die in the hands of these idiots who value cattle than human lives. State governments are not doing enough at all to curb this menace especially the case of delta, there was a time the people of delta central chased them likewise ibos from anambra state as well, but what did we get..? our governor then camped them and gave them security to protect them instead…. Prepare your warlords like back in the days and kill them gradually else they will make safe heavens in your forests and towns.

  • ABEL IKE

    when you are very close to militants ….. pls let the community do the needful

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