Confusion in Delta State as residents attack Fulanis

Residents of Osisa community in Ndokwa-East Local Government Area of Delta state have launched an attack on Fulani herdsmen.

Secretary of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, Mukhtar Usman, confirmed the conflict.

In a telephone interview, Usman denied that members of his association [neutralized] anyone.

“The news is not true. Our members did not take the life of any resident.

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“The Police DPO of Ashaka called me that there was a fracas in Osisa in which some persons were injured.

“He told me that he had already mobilized three patrol teams to the scene. But by the time the officers got there, the residents blocked them.

“They got defensive and said the policemen would not be allowed to take any of our injured members to the hospital.

“Eventually, they were able to rescue the Fulanis and took them to a medical Centre at Ashaka at about 7:30 in the night.

“From there, I took them to Federal Medical Centre in Asaba.

“I then informed the Fulanis to vacate the area pending our meeting with Osisa community leaders scheduled for tomorrow.

“But last night, we got reports that Osisa people launched what looked like a planned attack on Fulanis across the community.

“As I speak, some are in serious conditions, while cattle are missing. I told our members not to react but leave Osita.

“I quickly called Police Deputy Commissioner (Operations) and the Area Commander.

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Speaking with reporters on phone, the acting Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Animaka dismissed the claim, saying “Osisa is calm and quiet.

“There is no reprisal attack in Osisa, the place is calm and quiet.

“Although there was a protest yesterday by a few women from the community and alleged impunity by Fulani herdsmen.

“The police and some stakeholders responded immediately, addressing the aggrieved protesters,” Animaka said.