Hafiz Inuwa, the Delta state police commissioner, on Tuesday, February 18, admitted that the police received six exhumed corpses of farmers allegedly killed by suspected herdsmen at Uwheru in Ughelli North local government area of the state.
Vanguard reports that the community had, in conjunction with some security men, exhumed the six corpses on Monday, February 17, 2020 hours after two of the burnt corpses of the victims were exhumed on Sunday, February 16, by representatives of the community.
The commissioner of police, who confirmed the report in a telephone chat with Vanguard in Warri, said the corpses were brought to Ughelli police station by some persons who claimed the corpses were victims of the attack between the community and suspected herdsmen.
It was reported that a team of security personnel and members of the community discovered the shallow grave on Monday, February 17, while searching for the bodies of the victims allegedly killed by the arms-wielding herdsmen operating in the area.
Mr. Inuwa noted that the police had been interfacing with the committee set up by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on herders/farmers’ interface.
The committee has been handling issues between herders and farmers so that there will be peace in the state.
A resident of the community who was quoted in the report said locals were just returning from their farms when the attack happened. In another report, armed herdsmen on Thursday, February 13, 2020 attacked Uwheru Kingdom in Ughelli North local government area of Delta state.
Also, Catholic Bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province charged President Muhammadu Buhari and others in the position of authority to address the insecurity situation in the country.
The Bishops specifically urged the president to“wake up and do more than pay mere lip service to the issue of security in Nigeria.”