Osissa community in the Ndokwa-East Local Government Area of Delta State is currently protesting and holding the Secretary to the State Government, Festus Ovie Agas, and his convoy hostage over the alleged killing of three members of the community by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
The convoy of the SSG who was traveling to Asaba after spending the weekend with his family in Ughelli at about 6:55am along the Ughelli-Asaba express on Monday, October 24, 2016 was intercepted by protesters numbering over one thousand.
According to Punch, other travellers, including those going to Onitsha market in Anambra State, were also trapped in the protest.
The protesters who thronged the road blocking both lanes, demanded that Fulani herdsmen vacate their land and the killers prosecuted.
The protesters had not dispersed, as at the time of filing this report, despite the heavy presence of security men, including the military.
The Fulani herdsmen militia last week staged a weekend attack on Godogodo, a community in Southern Kaduna killing 20 people and spreading panic in neighbouring communities.
The co-ordinated attacks took place between Saturday and Sunday (October 15 – 16, 2016) and the militia laid a siege on the community.
According to survivors, the Fulani herdsmen militia surrounding the community and launched attacks from the cordon.
Efforts to reach security agencies for help by community leaders didn’t yield any result as the “government is simply not interested in saving these Christian communities in the North”, a community leader revealed to The Trent.
The herdsmen militia has been named the 4th most deadly terrorist group in the world.