Reports of Fulani herdsmen attacking members of their host communities with AK 47 rifles and other dangerous weapons have often been treated as a fairy tale by those saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property of the citizenry.
A recent attack occurred July 21, 2013 when five armed Fulani herdsmen wielding fully loaded AK 47 rifles, ambushed a 14 seater Hiace bus, travelling from Onicha-Ugbo to Asaba, Delta state, dispossessing the occupants of their belongings.
One of the occupants of the bus was Vanguard’s Foreign Affairs Editor, Mr Hugo Odiogor, who narrowly escaped death, following the merciless beatings they received from the herdsmen.
Narrating his ordeal, he said, "we were ordered to spread ourselves on the express road, faced down to be searched. They warned us pronto, 'if I search you and see any money, I kill you'. We undressed; men and women, with only boxers and panties on. As we did so, we were lashed with the rod they used to shepherd their cattle.
It was a 30 minutes ordeal which ended with a command from one of them who said, “let’s go”.
According to him, when he went to report the incident at the police station, he was warned not to mention that the robbers were of Fulani extraction, that there that there was a serious effort by security agencies to conceal the fact that the perpetrators of the crime were from Northern part of the country.
He was referred to other police station where his report was rejected.
The Ozah of Onicha Ugbo Chief Azubukwu Mosindi, told this reporter that several reports have been made concerning these Fulani boys but nobody seemed to care.
The Residents of the area have therefore, called on the Federal and state government, as well as the Inspector-General of Police to wade into the matter with a view to checkmating activities of these Fulani herdsmen whom they described as emerging terrorists.