By Anita Godfrey
The commissioner of police in Delta state has met with leaders and stakeholders of Obiaruku Community in Ukwuani Local Government Area of the State to resolve the farmers and herders crisis which occurred in the recent weeks.
This was made known in a statement signed by DSP Bright Edafe, the state’s police spokesman which a copy was sent to Congress correspondent in Asaba.
According to him, the police commissioner, CP Ari Muhammed Ali, in the 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 statement read partly “On Friday, 24/6/2022, the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Ari Muhammed Ali, in the 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 of the farmers/herders crisis, particularly as it sometimes climaxes to the extent of kidnapping farmers and others alike.
He stated that no society thrives amid insecurity, and Obiaruku as a community depends largely on farming without which, a 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 interests.
The police commissioner advised all stakeholders, including the Hausa community, herders, and farmers, to come together and fish out these persons causing a problem for the entire community.
He appealed to the Hausa community to look inward and identify the moles among them, stating that members of the community should unite in the fight against bad elements in their midst.
CP Ari who gave assurance that the farmers/herder’s crisis will come to a halt in Obiaruku posited that 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 a massive deployment of uniform men to Obiaruku, urging 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.