BY FESTUS AHON
UGHELLI — THE onslaught launched against the people of Uwheru, Ughelli North Local Government Area, Delta State by suspected Fulani herdsmen continued, weekend, with the killing of a 52-year-old man in Agadama-Uwheru.
The man, identified as Zilly Joseph, Vanguard gathered, was found dead in his farmland. A source, who pleaded anonymity, said the lifeless body of the deceased, which was riddled with bullets, was discovered after a thorough search carried out by the community.
According to the source, “the deceased, who left for his farm in the early hours of Saturday, did not return at the expected time, which prompted the community to set up a search party, after his immediate family members have raised alarm.
“The search party went into the bush, Saturday night, and returned Sunday morning, with a report that he had been found dead. His motorcycle was carefully parked.
“On confirming the death, our youths took to the streets in protest, blocking the Bomadi/Ohoro Road.”
At press time, men of Joint Military Taskforce, JTF, in the area, which took over the Ohoro community in the wake of the renewed attack last Wednesday, had put the situation under control.
Speaking to Vanguard, JTF commander in the area, Lt Col Attahiru Rasheed, frowned at the killings, saying: “We had intensified patrol in the area and our men are fully on ground to respond in the event of any emergency call.”
“We had taken over the communities and normalcy had returned. We will not relent in our effort at getting the killers of these innocent villagers. I speak with you, my men have been in Ohoro since last week Wednesday. And I personally led another squad to Agadama this (Sunday) morning.”