In the bid to give proper definition and lasting solution to the incessant attack on communities, farmers by Hausa/Fulani cattle rearers, the Deputy Governor of Delta State, Barr Kingsley Otuaro has stressed the need to carefully separate the criminal minded ones from the ones that are lawfully living in the state.
Barr Otuaro gave this suggestion yesterday, 20/04/2016 in Asaba while responding to a group of protesters drawn from the three Senatorial Districts of the state.
According to Otuaro, the administration is not only to protect the natives of the state, but everyone that are lawfully living in Delta State.
“So there is a burden on us as a government as well as on our community people to be able to separate those that are lawfully living amongst us and those that have taken into criminality, raping and maiming our children, our wives and causing all kinds of criminality in our community” he stated.
He noted that as Nigerians, Deltans and Fulanis are one and same people, binded by the constitution and as such a genuine Fulani man have a legal right to reside in any part of Delta State. “That is the right accorded them by virtue of the provision of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Barr Kingsley Otuaro assured that the administration of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa is presently looking seriously and critically at the issues as stakeholders meetings would be held within the next two weeks.
Speaking at the instance of Delta Central, Delta North and Delta South, Comr. Godwin Jacob, Comr. Henry Onwuamalieze and Mr. Warri Erigues said the protest is in reaction to the rampant killings, armed robbery and wanton destruction of farm lands and crops, raping of women by Fulani Headmen in their communities.
The protesters had earlier issued a twenty-one day ultimatum to the state government to look for an alternative place for the grazing activities of the Fulani herdsmen to leave their farmlands in peace.
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