The recent attacks by the Fulani herdsmen have made the residents of Obiaruku community, Ukwani Local Government Area, Delta State, to issue a stern warning to them to vacate their land.
There was a recent panic in the community as eight of their residents were held hostage by the herdsmen in a farmland for over seven hours on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.
The youth leader, Mr Chika Uwabuofu on Monday, May 2, 2016 issued a statement on the resolution of the community.
He said: “After they (Fulani herdsmen) released our people, the next day, the Delta State Committee on Conflict Resolution, Chairman of Ukwani council, our community leaders, vigilante group members and representatives of the Fulani herdsmen met.
“At that meeting, we told them that we want Fulani herdsmen to leave our land and we were told to come up with a resolution and another meeting was fixed for Friday. On that day, the Fulani people failed to attend the meeting.
“As a community, we resolved that Fulani herdsmen carrying out grazing activities on our land must leave so that our farmers can go back to their farms freely without any harassment. We resolved that no cow must go across River Ethiope to graze.
“Today (yesterday) we sent our vigilante members to the bush to search, but for now, they are no longer there. We are appealing to the state and federal governments to pay compensation to our farmers whose farm produce had been destroyed by the herdsmen.
“We also thank the state government and our council chairman for all they have done to restore peace to the community.”