Suspected Fulani herdsmen on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 attacked a woman in Owa-Alero, the home town of the Executive Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, macheting her in her farm.
The victim of the attack, Mrs. Ngozi Nwandi, wife of Mr. Anwili Nwandi popularly known as Jomo from Aliegwe quarters, Owa-Alero narrowly escaped death as a passerby who saw her in a pool of blood rushed her to Government Hospital Owa-Alero for treatment. As at the time our reporter visited the hospital, Mrs. Nwandi was asleep and her head covered with bandage.
Many people who trooped to the hospital gave thanks to God that she survived the attack, raising alarm that lives of the people of Owa-Alero Community are threatened by the ugly incident. According to one of them, “Our lives are in danger with the Fulani herdsmen taking over the community, especially our farmlands. We are now gripped with fear of going to the farm. This is an agrarian community; we are not expected to die of hunger since we feed from our farm produce,” she lamented.
An indigene of Owa-Alero who claimed anonymity, revealed that it was in the month of May last year, specifically Saturday, May 5, 2018 that the community held a meeting, where the Okparan of the four quarters, Ndi Ichens, Olotus, Ikoros (youths) and the people of Owa-Alero unanimously agreed that the herdsmen must leave their community and gave them two weeks ultimatum to leave the land, but to no avail. IMPUNITY OF HELMSMEN, HERDSMEN, THE SHAME OF A NATION
Our source then appealed to whoever is backing the stay of Fulani people in Owa-Alero community to ask them to leave the land as it will soon result to crisis.
WRITTEN BY PATRICK GBUCHANYE