By Festus Ahon
Residents of Issele-Azagba neighborhood in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State, have cried out over the incessant assaults on the neighborhood by suspected Fulani herdsmen within the final 4 months and referred to as on President Mohammadu Buhari to return to their rescue.
Addressing newsmen on the state of affairs, President General of the Issele-Azagba Development Union, Mr Ben Illoh stated that the suspected Fulani herdsmen have killed 4 members of the neighborhood and kidnapped a number of individuals who had been freed after the fee of ransom within the separate assaults.
According to him, residents of the city now not sleep with their eyes closed, he subsequently appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the varied safety companies to liberate them. He lamented that the state of affairs has overwhelmed the native vigilante group.
According to Illoh: “These attacks have become a very big problem to us. Teachers are afraid to go and teach, it took serious efforts to get some of them back to school as the presence of vigilante operatives gave them the courage to go to school”.
The neighborhood youth chief, Mr Ogebu Edozie who additionally spoke with newsmen, stated “Issele-Azagba is very receptive to strangers irrespective of tribe or religion but bandits have taken advantage of such hospitality to unleash terror on us”.
Edozie insisted that armed Fulani herdsmen had been accountable for the sequence of assaults on the neighborhood, noting that those that have encountered the hoodlums together with freed kidnapped victims confirmed that the attackers had been Fulani going by the language which they spoke and their bodily look.
Since October 13, final 12 months when the suspected Fulani herdsmen launched the primary assault on the neighborhood by invading the Issele-Azagba Secondary School and kidnapped the School’s Principal and a few lecturers after beating safety on the gate, the neighborhood has not recognized peace.
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It has been kind of one week, one hassle for residents of the neighborhood. On the 23rd of February, the suspected Fulani herdsmen stormed the neighborhood, attacked the residence of 1 Daniel Benwari, shot sporadically, killed the person, who was stated to be of Ijaw and Urhobo ethnic extraction, injured his daughter and kidnapped the spouse, Helen Benwari.
Few days later, the spouse was launched with critical physique accidents after undisclosed quantity of ransom was paid. She was instantly taken to the Federal Medical Center, Asaba the place the daughter was additionally taken to for therapy. Again, the suspected Fulani herdsmen on the 4th of March, besieged the neighborhood, killed the supervisor of a brothel (names withheld) locally and kidnapped eight individuals.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hafiz Inuwa has vowed to rid the state of felony components, together with armed Fulani herdsmen terrorizing communities within the State.
Inuwa stated he was decided to vary the narratives of crime and felony actions within the state, sustaining that Vigilante teams had been enjoying a pivotal position in helping the police to struggle crime particularly on the grassroots.