Fishermen from Edjeba Community in Warri South Local Government have apprehended over fifteen Hausa/Fulani men.
The fishermen said the Hausa men were fishing illegally in their area and stealing their fishes from the rivers.
The Edjeba Community fishermen led by one Benjamin Itu disclosed this much yesterday at the “B” Division Police Station in Warri.
Mr. Itu noted that the illegal Hausa fishermen, who reside under Ekpan Community’s bridge, entered and commenced fishing in the river with trolling without the consent of the Edjeba Community.
He accused them of allegedly destroying their nets as well as stealing the fishes of his members.
“It is not ordinary fishing these Hausa people do. They troll, destroy and steal our fishes,” he stated.
Itu noted that the illegal Hausa fishers also threatened to burn down the house of one of his members, Mr. Peter Omonefe Villa.
According to Mr. Itu, the Hausa men threatened Mr. Peter for daring to question them, as they allegedly boasted that, “Na our brother dey rule. Nothing dey happen.”
Itu, who was flanked by Steven Ometan, Obinna Appolius, Tuoyo Ofegbage, Moses Ofegbage, Attah Tuoyo and Rolland Ofegbage, stated that, “We don’t need them in our river. They should go before it become something else.”
None of the Hausa fishers agreed to speak with our correspondent.
The Divisional Police Officer “B” Division, CSP Anieteh Eyoh declined comments on the matter.
According to him, “I am not permitted to speak to the Press.”