The youth of Issele-Azagba community in Aniocha North local government area of Delta state have appealed to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, and the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, to establish a police division in the area order to end killings by herdsmen.
The youth in their hundreds made the appeal Thursday while protesting against the killings by the herders in the community.
Mrs. Helen Benwari was kidnapped Sunday night, after her husband Daniel Benwari was shot dead by her wife’s abductors, who also inflicted injuries on her daughter.
The community’s youth leader, Comrade Edozie Ogoegbu, who spoke on the issue, appealed to the state government to stand up to the responsibility of protecting lives and property of the people.
He said, “Over time, we have been facing security challenges in the community. Our people are been killed, rape and destroying our farm produce on a daily basis, yet nothing is being done. Nobody is safe anymore in the community; farmers are no longer going to farm for fear of being killed or rape. That’s why we are carrying out this peaceful protest to register our grievance over the rate of attacks.
“Our vigilance group had been overpowered by the sophisticated weapon they are using. So, we are begging police to come immediately to establish divisional police headquarters in the community to help in reducing the attacks. With the police station, our people can be reassured that they can count on the police for the safety of their lives.”
Ogoegbu said the woman had been rushed to FMC for treatment, adding that she was held hostage for four days in the bush and beaten to stupor before her family members and the church could pay a ransom to secure her release.