Peace committee for farmers, herders inaugurated in Delta
• Imo communities appeal to FG over invasion by suspected herdsmen
Delta State Commissioner of Police, Zanna Ibrahim, has inaugurated the Peace Committee on Farmers/Herdsmen in the state.
Zanna said the committee was constituted to promote harmonious relationship between farmers and herdsmen, advising that it should also act as an alternative dispute mediator.
He further charged the members to nip in the bud, pro-actively, any tendency that could bring about misunderstanding between communities and herdsmen.
The commissioner assured the newly-inaugurated committee would help to reduce tensions arising from herdsmen/farmers’ clashes and called on the members to justify their selection by working honestly and tirelessly towards maintaining peace and harmonious co-existence in the state.
Chairman of the committee, who is also the Senior Special Assistant on Security to the Governor, Chief Cassidy Iloba, assured the CP of the committee’s unalloyed commitment and focus towards achieving the purpose for which it was set up.
Meanwhile, farmers in Amala communities in Ngor Opkala Local Council of Imo State have appealed to the Federal Government and security agencies, to intervene in the alleged destruction of crops by suspected herdsmen. They said their farms, which share boundaries with Rivers State were destroyed.
In a statement issued on Monday in Owerri, the aggrieved farmers decried the alleged hostility meted out to them by suspected herdsmen. They appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, to save them and handle the situation.
Also, the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu, Geoffrey Okorafor and Venerable in charge of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Amala, Ngor Okpala Local Council, Kingsley Okere, also added his voice. He urged that security measures be put in place to avert the menace.
The trio expressed worry over the daily dropping of trailer loads of the cattle in the area, insisting that they were ‘unimaginable.’
A monarch in one of the communities, Eze Bennette Osinachi, described the situation as ‘horrible.’ He urged for an urgent intervention.
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