Tension is now mounting in Ofagbe community, Isoko North council area of Delta state where a reported clash between community youths and Fulani cattle herders claimed a life and left another victim critically injured.
The Nation gathered that trouble started between the two groups when the Fulani herders, who were allegedly armed with dangerous weapons, including Ak47 automatic rifles, tried to forcefully graze their cattle on community farmlands last Sunday.
According to community sources, the incident happened when some youths from the community tried to stop the herdsmen from entering their farms. The sources added that in the process two of their youths were allegedly shot but only one died on the spot while the other was rushed to an undisclosed hospital in Ughelli.
The Nation gathered that one of the victims of Sunday’s clash, who was identified as Jephthah Inibu, was a palm wine tapper.
It was also gathered that the hostile relationship between the community and Fulani herders had lingered over consistent invasion of the community by the cattle rearers who in the past had destroyed crops and other valuables belonging to residents of the community.
A councilor representing Ofagbe ward at the legislative arm of Isoko North LG, Mr. Sakardi Ichakor confirmed the incident to our reporter when contacted. He lamented that the incident has become a seasonal reoccurrence between the cattle rearers and residents of the community who are majorly farmers.
However, when reached for an official confirmation of the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Delta state police command, Celestina Kalu (DSP), said she was only aware that a situation between Ofagbe and Fulani cattle rearers occurred Tuesday.
Police sources who pleaded not to be named in the area also confirmed the development to our correspondent but added that the issue was already being addressed by the state government.
“I spoke with the DPO of the area and he said he had already sent men to the place, but were yet to come back with report,” she said.
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