Vigilantes arrest 26 suspected Fulani herdsmen in Delta community over farm crops alleged destruction

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By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

A combined team of vigilantes in Ubulu Uku Community in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta state on Tuesday in the early hours arrested 26 suspected Fulani hersdmen at the Community’s various farmlands.

Chairman of the vigilante group, Mr James Adoh who confirmed this to our Correspondent in Asaba, said that the Suspects were arrested with Cultlasses and sticks, disclosing that they were handed over to Ogwashi Uku Police Division for further investigation

He said” the Suspects were arrested at various farmlands of our people who met them with their cows destroying their farm Crops, they were handed over to Ogwashi Uku Police Division, the Suspects were arrested with Cultlasses and sticks including what appeared to be Charms and when they were asked they refused to speak, rather they were speaking Hausa to themselves and we collectively dragged them to the Police”

Recall that Ogwashi Uku, Ubulu Uku and Ubulu Unor Communities had been under seige of hoodlums and Suspected Fulani hersdmen over the years with many persons allegedly murdered and housewives in their farmlands raped, thereby leaving residents and the people the areas in the fear of the unknown

But at Ogwashi Uku Police Division, the Police declined comments and referred our Correspondent to the state Command where the Police Commissioner, Hafiz Muhammed Inuwah Confirmed that the Suspects were arrested and interrogated with investigation ongoing and dispelled as untrue the killing of Persons in the area

Speaking further, the Vigilante Chairman said that the vigilante members were working with the Police to ensure that Criminals are brought to arrest in the state, especially in the areas, adding” we have arrested many Suspects in the last few weeks and we have handed over to the Police who have the legal right to detain them, every day we comb everywhere to give protection to the lines and property of persons in the various Communities and we work in Collaboration with the Police”

Although the police and the state government are not relenting with a view to eradicating Kidnappings, robbery, and raping in the state, but areas such as Okpanam Community, Ibusa, and some parts of Asaba Communities are worse hit during nightfall with the hue and Cry of armed bandits who rob residents at gunpoint and most injure their victims.