Delta lawmaker engages vigilante group, police to chase fulani heardsmen into the bush

ABRAKA—THE member representing Ethiope East constituency in Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Evans Ivwurie, yesterday, recounted how he and security operatives in the area, chased Fulani herdsmen who were in the habit of attacking farmers in the area into the forest on foot.

The lawmaker while giving details of his “Operation arrest, meet and engage their sponsor” campaign, said that instead of waiting for the Federal Government to combat the incessant attacks by herdsmen in the area, he had decided to take the bull by the horn and go after them rather than wait for the herdsmen to attack his people.

Those who accompanied the lawmaker on the chase were the Abraka vigilante, Divisional Police Officer in charge of Abraka police station, Isah Hassan and his Mobile Police Unit Commander.

Ivwurie said: “I had embarked on a preventive approach to this matter which is identifying the source and taking the battle to the enemy in their domain.

“Though these herdsmen are said to have been faceless and unknown prior to now, we succeeded in identifying their base deep inside the Oria-Abraka forest and chased them as they fled leaving behind their herd of cattle.

“As soon as they saw us coming, they fled into some already dug tunnels leading to other dense parts of the forest which shows how organised they are. But we are not deterred as we have sent a clear message to them that it is no longer business as usual.

“We are not trying to take the laws into our hands but rather, the campaign is to identify the sponsors of these herdsmen and constructively engage them if they want to truly embark on their cattle rearing business in our communities.”

Source Vanguard

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