- The Killer-herdsmen terrorizing communities in parts of Delta state are said to be largely dominated by fleeing terrorists from the northern parts of the country
- Local herdsmen are afraid to disclose the identify of the killer herdsmen for fear of being identified and killed
- Sources disclose that after the troublesome herdsmen carry out operations in a community, they quickly relocate to another part of to avoid being detected
Killer herdsmen allegedly terrorizing residents of Abraka, Ossissa and other communities in Delta state have reportedly adopted decoy methods like kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeje Onwuamadike, aka Evans, to evade arrest.
Vanguard reports that one of such methods employed by the killer-herdsmen who are largely dominated by fleeing terrorists from the northern part of the country is to instill fear in the local herdsmen in the state so that nobody would want to disclose their activities and whereabouts to the police for fear of being identified and killed.
The killer herdsman are also said to roam about wreaking havoc on communities.
The marauding herdsmen who reportedly engage in kidnapping, armed robbery and other vices are said to also use fake names and have no fixed addresses in the state.
Sources disclose that after they carry out operations in a community, they quickly relocate to another part of the state to avoid being detected.
A local herdsman resident in Delta state said though the troublesome herdsmen were from the north, he described them as deadly people.
“Most of the herdsmen carrying out these activities are from the north like us, but we do not know them, sometimes, they come without invitation to the Hausa and Fulani communities in the state and there is nothing we can do about them because they are deadly people.
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“I call you that they are resident in Abraka and environs, we do not even know their real mission, they move from one place to the other, wrecking all kinds of havoc and people think we are the ones.
"Shortly before the Police deployed men to Abraka, they went into hiding because we have not been seeing them anymore and some of the friends they also move about with have also disappeared. They are really endangering our stay with our host communities," the source said.
Meanwhile, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, says real herdsmen move with their cows and sticks, not guns.
NAIJ.com gathered that the monarch in his Eid-el Fitr message urged the federal government to probe the sources of weapons used by herdsmen attacking Nigerian communities.
Abubakar commended government’s measures aimed at combating insurgency in the north-east, and cautioned against complacency as the problem was not over.
The sultan urged Nigerians to complement the efforts of the security agencies towards securing the country. He praised efforts of the federal and Sokoto state governments to restore the “lost glory” of the educational and agricultural sectors, and called on Nigerians to support such efforts.
In the video below, NAIJ.com goes to Southern Kaduna, where residents narrate how herdsmen prevented them from getting Red Cross relief materials.