Herdsmen behead villager in Delta State

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There is tension in Abraka, Ethiope-East Local Government Area, Delta State, following the beheading of a welder and native of Urhuoka-Abraka, Mr. Solomon Ejoor, by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

It was learnt that angered villagers, who retrieved the decapitated body of the victim, seized the remains from the police and took it to the palace of the Ovie of Oruarivie-Abraka, where it was kept for over four hours.

They threatened to lay siege to the Government House, Asaba if the governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, did not break his silence on the Abraka killings.

The protesters, who invaded the palace destroyed cars and air conditioners, accusing the monarch and his council of chiefs of doing enough to stem the tide of attacks by herdsmen. It took the intervention of army personnel to save the palace from being torched.

It was gathered that the fierce disposition of the villagers forced about 100 Northerners, especially Hausa and Fulani indigenes in Urhuoka-Abraka and surroundings to flee to the Abraka Police Station, Abraka, for safety.

The latest victim, Ejoor, was ambushed and decapitated when he scurried to the farm to rescue her mother, reportedly trapped in the bush by gun-toting herdsmen on Monday.

It would be recalled that in May 2016, a suspected Fulani herdsman beheaded a woman in Illah community in Oshimili North local government area of the state.

It was learnt that the marauding Fulani herdsman initially wanted to rape the victim, who had gone to fish in the Otu-Ngegu (Gulugulu) in Ajaji area, a quiet community of Delta state.

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