- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has asked the federal government to speak up over the continuous herdsmen attacks in Delta state
- An angry Okowa condemned the brazen attitude of the herdsmen who he said usually invaded communities and attempted to take them over
- The governor's outburst comes a day after yet another attack by suspected herdsmen in Aniocha North local government area of the state
Delta governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged the federal government to take a stance on the menace of criminally-minded herdsmen causing havoc in the state and across the country.
The governor made the call on Monday, February 24 in Asaba, the state capital, while presenting 35 pickup vans to security agencies.
He condemned the brazen attitude of the herdsmen who usually invaded communities and attempted to take them over or took their cows into people's farms for grazing, wielding AK 47 rifles.
The governor's outburst comes a day after one person was shot dead in yet another attack by suspected herdsmen on Issele-Azagba community, Aniocha North local government area of the state.
The gunmen were said to have invaded the town on Sunday, February 23 night and opened fire on the deceased, killing him instantly, while his daughter was hit by a stray bullet and his wife abducted.
Spokesman of the state police command, Onome Onovwakpoyeya confirmed the attack, noting that security operatives were already on the trail of the hoodlums.
An angry Okowa said: “We need strong statements on what should be done for the security agencies to further do their work.
“If you are going into any particular place, it is only just fair that you don't walk into a community and seize the place, that is not right, and for anybody carrying arms in the name of being a herdsman, it is obviously wrong.
“They are not licensed to carry arms, not to talk of AK 47 assault rifles, and anyone seen carrying arms is a criminal.
“Beyond those that carry arms, you don't walk into a farm and begin to graze on it, that is not the way it should be; so, there are a whole lot of issues and we need a strong voice from the federal authorities which will assist the security agencies.”
Recall that armed herdsmen on Thursday, February 13 attacked Uwheru kingdom in Ughelli North local government area of Delta state.
The attack led to the death of over eight persons with several others sustaining serious injuries, while properties and farms were destroyed.
Reacting to the attack, Governor Okowa condemned the renewed attack on villagers, warning that the hospitality and welcoming disposition of Deltans should not be taken as an act of cowardice.
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