There is palpable tension in Afam Uku in Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State as suspected Fulani herdsmen killed two persons in the community, who were reportedly resisting destruction of crops on their farmland by the herdsmen’s cattle.
CHECKPOINTCHARLEY gathers that seven people have been arrested following the incident.
Community sources said the two were killed due to resistance from the victims against the destruction of their farm crops by the herdsmen’s cattle.
The Caretaker Committee Chairman of Oyigbo Local Government Area, Mr. Chisom Gbali has confirmed the incident.
He said the deceased, both male, were attacked and killed by the suspected Fulani herdsmen on their farmland.
Mr. Gbali said: ‘’We woke up this morning to hear the story of killing of two persons by the Fulani herdsmen. I don’t actually know the reason for the killing. But, I believe that has to do with destruction of farm crops by cattle.
“The victims, I learnt, had questioned the motive behind the destruction of their crops by the herdsmen’s cattle. There might have been hot exchanges between the victims and the herdsmen. One of the victims was from Tai’’
The CTC Chairman also confirmed that seven persons have been arrested in connection with the killing.
But the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Omoni Nnamdi told the press that he has not been briefed about the incident.