By Fegor Oghene and Samuel Tombra 

 

Communities in Delta and Bayelsa states have given Fulani herdsmen living in their villages two weeks ultimatum to leave.

Niger Delta communities give Fulani settlers 14-day ultimatum to leave

By Fegor Oghene and Samuel Tombra 

 

Communities in Delta and Bayelsa states have given Fulani herdsmen living in their villages two weeks ultimatum to leave.

 

Elders of the affected communities have told the police that they could no longer tolerate alleged criminal activities perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen.

 

They spoke at a stakeholders meeting on the rising wave of kidnapping, armed robbery, cattle rustling in Edo, Delta and Bayelsa states organised by the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone Five, AIG Musa Daura.

 

Ezomon of Idjerhe kingdom in Delta State, Chief Samuel Okoro, said the Fulani herdsmen must leave their communities on or before February 15th  because the community was no longer safe.

 

He recalled how a woman was recently killed by the herdsmen and how the Fulani herdsmen harvest crops for the cattle to eat.

 

According to him, “We don’t want them any more. We don’t want their cattle on our land. Cattle rearers have killed and rape our women.”

 

“The herdsmen go about with guns and dangerous weapons.”

 

Chief David Emaniro from Abraka community said the police has not done much to stem activities of the herdsmen as it did to kidnappings and armed robbery.

 

He said their only occupation which is farming was being endangered by activities of the cattle rearers.

 

His words, “They should not be allowed to carry guns. Many of us now have gun with which we guide our wives and children when they are in the farm.”

 

Others who spoke called for effective policing of the region as well as effective monitoring of the waterways.

 

Chief Security Officer of Arewa Community in Effurun, Delta State, Abdullahi Adams, said the cattle marketers also suffer pains in the hands of cattle rustlers who he alleged come from neighboring states.

 

Abdullahi said not all Fulani herdsmen were bad as being portrayed and added that payment are made to any farmer whose crops were affected.

 

He said, “We pay and settle community leaders where our cattle are taken to graze. We always pay for damaged crops after the farmer has been identified.”

 

Alhaji Abdullahi Saidu from Jesse said they pay royalties to the community leaders and that there has not been a case of armed robbery, kidnapping carried out by Fulanis in the area.

 

Saidu explained that they paid N500,000 as compensation to the families of a woman who apparently died of heart attack after she was chased by a cow inside her farm.

 

He stated that they arrived Jesse in 2007 and has been paying the adequate royalty for any affected farm.

 

The AIG Zone 5 said the rising criminal activities in the zone could lead to catastrophe if not checked.

 

AIG Daura said most of her crimes were committed by Fulani from neighboring countries.

 

He warned the Fulani leaders at the meeting not to accommodate strangers without the knowledge of security agencies and the community leaders.

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