Some Fulani herdsmen operating in Uwheru Community, Delta State, at the weekend, allegedly raped two housewives who were said to be on their way home from the farm. They also injured six persons in their farmlands.
One of the victims, while speaking with journalists said;” We all were in the same farmlands when they entered with their cattle. As we tried to raise alarm, they attacked us, after which they fled leaving their cattle.”
It was gathered that the two housewives, who ran into the herdsmen were raped at gunpoint.
Confirming the incident to newsmen in Asaba, the state police commissioner, Anthony Agbizi said that the police were on the trail of the herdsmen.
CP Anthony Agbizi said “the police will do everything possible to ensure the herdsmen are brought to book, the herdsmen were said to have attacked some farmers and injured them, while two women were allegedly raped by the same herdsmen, the police will leave no stone unturned to bring them to book” .
But the traditional ruler of the community, HRM,Agbavwe Afugbeya Oyise 11, who spoke to newsmen, called on the Federal Government and the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to as a matter of urgency intervene in the attack.
The Monarch said “the attacks are becoming too unbecoming and unbearable, the safety of my subjects is my concern and is at present threatened.
“We can’t go to our farmlands again, the herdsmen are raping our women, it’s pathetic, and taboo in my kingdom, especially in Urhobo land for a housewife to be raped.
“Our major occupation is farming but for fear of the herdsmen, we can’t go to our farms again. We are now hungry. If you look around, there is hunger because nobody goes to farm again, the herdsmen are boasting that we don’t have right to drive them away.
“We are appealing to the police and federal government to help us warn the herdsmen to stay away from our land and farmlands”.