Stop the killings in Ethiope East, Ivwurie urges President Buhari as Fulani Herdsmen menace gets worse.
By Godwin Utuedoye
The Honourable Member Representing Ethiope East State Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Evance Ochuko Ivwurie has called on the President, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, the Inspector General of Police, the Director General of State Security (DSS), the Chief of Defence Staff and heads of other security agencies to come to the immediate rescue of Ethiope East over the incessant killings, kidnapping, raping and wanton destruction of farmland by Fulani Herdsmen in Ovierie, Abraka/Eku/Igun by Fulani Herdsmen using different weapons like spears, bow and arrow and AK-47 riffles.
Hon. Ivwurie stated this recently during a World Press Conference convened at the palace of Ovie of Oruarivie-Abraka Kingdom, HRM, Akpomeyoma Majoroh, Ojeta II, at Abraka.
In the world press conference, titled ‘Yet Another Incidence of Killing in Ovre R’ Abraka/Eku/Igun, Hon. Ivwurie said; it is with sadness that I call upon President Buhari to stop the unwarranted and provocative killings of our kinsmen by AK47- armed Fulani Herdsmen.
The lawmaker stated that the people of Ethiope East have kept their records, documented and have regularly in the past dutifully reported tens of incidences of killings, Kidnapping, raping and destruction of farmlands by these invading Fulani Herdsmen to the Federal Government, the Nigerian Police and other security agencies, yet no single person has been prosecuted and no action has been taken to investigate any of the killings and to save the lives of my constituents”.
He faulted the claims by the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Andrew Aniamaka that the Ovre R’ Abraka is temporarily inhabited by a minimal number of herdsmen and that the herdsmen are living peacefully with the Abraka communities as a fat lie.
Hon. Ivwurie asked, does it mean that those who invade our farmlands, destroy our crops and kill our people are GHOSTS? Our farmers are dead scared to venture into their farmlands which is occupied by over ten thousand cows and over two thousand Fulani Herdsmen with sophisticated weapon, our farmers and people are afraid to carry out farming activities which has resulted in shortage of farm produce and increase in the prices of farm products.
The Police Command and DSS have neither visited the areas to see things for themselves nor investigated any of the gruesome killings, maiming, kidnapping and raping cases reported by my constituents.