BY Austin Ogwuda
Asaba—DELTA State Government, Thursday, assuaged the fears expressed by the people of Ogume community over the recent killing of their farmers and destruction of farmlands by herdsmen, saying that measures had been taken to ensure that herdsmen were confined to designated grazing areas.
State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Chike Ogeah, in a statement in Asaba, said: “The Government of Delta State has waded into the issue and held meetings with leaders of Ogume clan and the herdsmen, with a view to restoring order and harmony. Again, as rightly noted, the Ogume Clan Development Association had lived harmoniously with the Fulani herdsmen, as a piece of land was allocated to the herdsmen.
“The state government has been liaising with all stakeholders and security agencies over the matter and wishes to reassure the people of Ogume that measures had been taken to resolve the matter and give succour to the farmers, whose crops were damaged as well as those affected by the violent attacks by some renegade herdsmen.
“The state government hereby assures the Ogume Clan and, indeed, every other community that provides grazing grounds for Fulani herdsmen that measures had been taken to ensure that the herdsmen are confined to the designated grazing areas.”