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Reps direct IG to investigate killings in Delta communities

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

ABUJA—THE House of Representatives, yesterday, tasked Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, and other relevant security agencies to urgently investigate the killing of two indigenes of Ogume and Afor communities of Delta State by suspected herdsmen.

The House also resolved to investigate allegations of malpractices by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, over crude oil swap contracts.

The resolution came following a motion by Mr. Ossai Nicholas Ossai, representing Ndokwa/ Ukwani federal constituency of Delta State on the killing of the two persons and gunshot injuries sustained by 10 others on June 15.

He noted that prior to the attack, a meeting was held between the communities and the herdsmen during which the herdsmen were told to herd their cattle in areas that had not been cultivated.

Ossai said destruction of farm crops through grazing activities of the herd, the alleged ceaseless raiding and carting away of tubers of yam from the communities’ barns and the raping of women were the reasons the communities decided to request the herdsmen to relocate.

He said rather than comply with the request to relocate, the herdsmen allegedly ambushed and brutally murdered the two indigenes and inflicted gunshot injuries on the other 10 persons.

He also claimed that assault rifles and other sophisticated weapons were used “in the unprovoked and unwarranted attack.”

The House, presided over by Yakubu Dogara, urged the IG and all the relevant security agencies to investigate the incident with a view to bringing the culprit to book.

 


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