Arrested Herdsmen in Delta State

In order to check the menace of murderous herdsmen in Delta state communities, the state government is to set up community vigilantes to protect women going to farms from criminal herdsmen attack.

The Senior Special Assistant to the governor of the state, on Security and Herdsmen, control Mr. Daniel Ezekiel, disclosed this in Warri, warning herdsmen in the state with a mind for criminal activities, such as kidnapping, to leave the area.

He warned that the nefarious activities of the murderous herdsmen in the past will no longer be tolerated from now on as the state beef up an effort to stop them operating in the state.

He said the state would continue to provide safe haven for herdsmen doing legitimate business in the area, but vowed that those herdsmen who are criminals will be fish out and dealt with according to the law.

The state government according to him is setting up community vigilante groups who will be equipped with tactics and incentives to help put an end to herdsmen criminal activities. Hence all criminal activities carried out by herdsmen on the road and in the farms will be checked.

He said: “Our people are facing serious herdsmen attacks in recent times, the state is working assiduously to nip it in the bud and special task force, including community vigilantes, will soon be put in place to forestall the deadly herdsmen attacks on our highways and communities as to create safe environment for our communities and farmers to go about their normal duties without any molestation.”

Mr. Ezekiel also warned cultists in the state to repent or be ready to face the full weight of the law, adding that the state government had devised measures to curtail its spread and also arrest anyone caught over such activities.

He said the government would also take steps to protect waterways from pirates, adding that it would collaborate with security operatives in all the moves.

Many prominent personalities in the state have applauded the state government for the recent decision to confront the herdsmen stressing that in the absence of effective police and military force in the state the people must rise up and defend themselves.

One of such persons Alhaji Mumakhai Unagha a prominent All Progressive Congress APC member said such a move had long been expected from the government.

He urged communities to work out modalities to protect their women who go to farms from the criminal herdsmen. He said: “I think this is a welcome development provided it is done with utmost sincerity. The second issue is that we should go beyond vigilante alone, each community should also defend her women from harassment in their farms.

“The state governor should ensure the vigilantes are paid for the job,” he said. President, Ijaw Youth Council, Mr. Eric Omare, and President, Ijaw Peoples Development Initiative, IPDI, Mr. Austin Ozobo,  said it was a laudable move, adding that it will save communities from harassment.