Delta Police Boss Meets Stakeholders Over Farmers, Herders Clash, Expresses Sadness

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By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos

The Delta State Commissioner of Police, Ari Muhammed Ali on Friday, met with stakeholders over the farmers/herders crisis in Obiaruku area of the state recently, with a view to proffering solution and curbing further occurrence.

Accompanied by the Assistant Commissioner of Police Operations, ACP Sa’ad Ibrahim and the DPO Obiaruku, the Police boss in a remark at the meeting, expressed sadness over the crisis, particularly as it sometimes climaxes to the extent of kidnapping farmers and others alike. 

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Edafe Bright in a statement made available to journalists, captured the deliberation and resolve by the stakeholders to nip the crisis in the bud.

The statement states, ” On Friday, 24/6/2022, the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Ari Muhammed Ali, in company of the Assistant Commissioner of Police Operations ACP Sa’ad Ibrahim and the DPO Obiaruku had a brainstorming meeting with Stakeholders in Obiaruku to discuss the recent crisis between the Indigenes of the community and the Hausa community. 

” The crisis incited by herders and farmers conflict is a worrisome trend and requires urgent attention.

” The CP in  his remarks expressed his sadness over the development regarding the farmers/herders  crisis, particularly as it sometimes climax to the extent of kidnapping farmers and others alike. 

” The CP stated that no society thrives in the midst of insecurity, and Obiaruku as a community  depends largely on farming without which, shortage of food that will in turn lead to famine and starvation is a certainty,  spiralling to unemployment and  an unthriving  business(es),  all as a result of insecurity. 

” The CP opined that the perpetrators of the catastrophe cannot engage in these acts  alone without the support of some indigenes, as investigations in the past  revealed that members of the community are working in cohort with these hoodlums for their selfish interest.

” The CP advised all stakeholders,  including the Hausa community, herders, and farmers,  to come  together and fish out these  persons  causing problem for the entire community. 

” He advised the Hausa community to look inward and identify the moles among them,  urging members of the community to unite in this fight. 

” The CP  while empathizing with them,  gave an assurance that the farmers/herder’s crisis will come to halt in Obiaruku, because security of life and properties in the State is his number one priority, and as such will not allow any disgruntled element to constitute a security threat in the community. 

” The CP  also assured the traditional rulers, the LGA chairman, farmers, women and the youths that he has ordered massive deployment to Obiaruku, imploring the community to partner with the teams deployed to fight these criminals, arrest and ensure that they are made to face the full wrath of the law”.

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