BEVERLY HILLS, May 18, (THEWILL) – Seven suspects have been arrested after after suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked and killed two persons at Afam Uku, in Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Although the reason behind the attack could not be ascertained, community sources said the attack might be resistance from the victims against the destruction of their farm crops by the herdsmen’s cattle.
Caretaker Committee Chairman of Oyigbo Local Government Area, Dr. Chisom Gbali has confirmed the incident.
Gbali said the deceased, both male were attacked and killed by the suspected Fulani herdsmen in their farmland.
“We woke up this morning to hear the story of killing of two persons by the Fulani herdsmen. I don’t actually know the reason for the killing. But, I believe that has to do with destruction of farm crops by cattle,” he said.
“The victims, I learnt, had questioned the motive behind the destruction of their crops by the herdsmen’s cattle. There might have been hot exchanges between the victims and the herdsmen. One of the victims was from Tai.”
State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Omoni Nnamdi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), however, failed to comment on the issue saying that he has not been briefed about the incident.