Uwheru: Why Herdsmen Are Holding Our People Hostage -PG

By Michael Veloh/Ohoror
The President general of Uwheru kingdom, Mr. McPherson Egbedi Ughelli North Local Government Area, Delta State, have lamented the invasion of their communities by AK47 weilding herdsmen who he allege, take their people hostage and demand money and food items as conditions for their release.
Addressing newsmen after three person were attacked and injured at Ohoror secondary school, Egbedi alleged that Fulani herdsmen have device a means of getting food items by kidnapping Indigenes of the community.
According to him, “Some days ago,the contractors that are working in the secondary school, they (herdsmen) came and took them hostage.
“They forced the contractors to called that they should bring some money, food items before they could be released and food items worth N68, 000 were purchased the items before they were released. They were about four of them with AK47.
“Last Wednesday again, in the afternoon, between 12 and 1pm, the students of the school were outside when some herdsmen came and took one of the students to the bush. The teachers now cried to the town and that made the people to come to rescue the boy.
“The herdsmen said they needed certain items to be purchased for them. Along the line, when they bought those items for them, they said they were not enough and they shot three persons who were taken to the hospital.
“We have been getting series of similar reports from Agadama community. They seized some persons, took four of them and ordered one to go to the town to buy food for them. Each time, we go to the police to report.”
Contacted, Police Public Relations Officer of the State command, Mr. Bright Edafe said:  “Yes, there was an attack, but we can’t ascertain the perpetrators. Investigation will unravel that.”

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