There is commotion in Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State following the killing of Mr. Solomon Ejoor by suspected herdsmen.
Report reaching us from Vanguard reporters said that, the welder was killed after he tried to rescue his mother where she was hiding in the bush from herdsmen. It was reported that irate youths took the decapitated body of the welder to Ovie of Oruarivie-Abraka where they also destroyed cars as a way of venting their anger.
The incident forced about 100 Hausa/Fulanis in in Urhuoka-Abraka and the environs, to flee to the Abraka Police Station for safety.
Mr. Zanna Ibrahim who is the state commissioner of police confirmed the incident and said investigation was ongoing to determine the true perpetrators. He said: “I have ordered discreet surveillance of the forest to verify whether they are herdsmen or not. I am sure you know that the place is said to be under dispute between Edo and Delta states. “When their fire power is determined, we will strategize with sister agencies on what next to do.
Meanwhile, I have reinforced the community with men of the Police Mobile Force. “The Deputy Commissioner, Criminal Investigation Department, will visit the family of the deceased today (yesterday) to commiserate with them. He will also see the mother, who raised the alarm, in furtherance of our investigation.” Dr. Tedwins Emudainohwo who is the president-general of the community said his car was also destroyed in the attack. He said: “The victim and his younger brother and two friends had gone to the bush to rescue their mother, who had gone to the farm and was trapped in the bush following sporadic shooting by herdsmen in the area. “In her hiding position, she was able to see some herdsmen walking past as they continued shooting.
After the situation had calmed down, she called her children and told them that she was trapped inside the bush. “One of the sons called the younger one and their friends, and immediately proceeded to the bush to rescue their mother in a motorcycle without informing the community leaders. “They engaged in a gun battle with the herdsmen, who over powered them.
Fortunately enough, three of them were able to run for their lives, but the eldest son could not as he fell from the motorcycle and was taken away by his assailants. “The woman slept in the bush. The next day, the boys went back, rescued her, while her son was still missing. We filed a missing person report over the incident and later in the day, we got information that his body was discovered in the bush. “Immediately, I called the DPO, who mobilised his men and the vigilante and they went to the bush to recover the body.”
Members of the community lashed at Governor Ifeanyi Okowo for not treating the issue as a serious one. A commercial farmer in the area and director, Allto Farm Group, Eduvie Anthony said: “We have told the Special Assistant to the Governor on Security that we will hire a car to carry the corpse to the state government for them to eat. “If they want to kill us with their police, they should do so. But it is possible Governor Okowa is not aware of the killings here at Abraka. “People have been dying in Abraka and Governor Okowa has not deemed it fit to come and address us on what the state government is doing over this matter.