The Otulu community in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta has called for the state government’s intervention over alleged incessant attacks on them by Fulani herdsmen in the area.
The Otulu community Chief, Paul Eboji, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Otulu on Sunday.
He said the people were now living in fear due to the rampant attacks of the headsmen.
Eboji added that government’s intervention was necessary because the community was peace-loving and would not want to be dragged into clashes with herdsmen that could take lives.
He alleged that the Fulani herdsmen had turned their farmlands into grazing ground for their cattle.
The community chief added that the herdsmen attacked and maimed the helpless community farmers whenever challenged.
“We are living in fear due to the invasion of our farmlands by the Fulani cattle rearers. They beat and maim our people when challenged in the farms.
“We have made several complaints to the police but all to no avail. The herdsmen have continued to destroy our farms with impunity.
“Our yams and cassava farms have become grazing areas for their cattle. We are appealing to government to intervene and save our community.
“We do not want to fight with them like what is happening in some parts of the country today.’’
According to him, the herdsmen often molest and flog women in their farms with horsewhips.
He said that recently, it took the intervention of two men to rescue an aged woman from the herdsmen who were beating her in her farm.
“I was recently called to Edo-Ogwashi camp which is under my jurisdiction, where a farmer was beaten to a coma by some herdsmen who invaded his farm.
“Sympathisers eventually rushed him to the hospital where he was revived and today he is alive to tell the story.
“We cannot continue like this; something must be done. I as the chief of the community, appeal to government to address this problem because we are helpless,” he said.