•Rights group calls for arrest, prosecution of the herder, cows
• Demands end to open grazing
Some cows belonging to a suspected Fulani herder in Ovwian Community in Udu Local Government Area of Delta state have attacked and seriously injured husband and wife Mr/Mrs Iro Ese in the community.
The incident occurred on 4th November, 2021 in Ovwian/ Aladja expressways when the Cows being led by a rag-tag herder attacked the couple and matched them repeatedly on the ground and left them bleeding.
Congress gathered that the wife, Mrs Iro Ese was injured to a point of dead by the cows and she was still lying in the hospital till date.
It was learnt the herder does not make any effort to rescue the couple from the attack, adding that it was a good samaritan that rescue them to the health center in the community.
Meanwhile, rights group, the Ijaw political WatchDog Organization worldwide has blamed the incident on the governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s inability to stop open-grazing in the state.
In a statement by its president, Comrade Paul Akpowaide, urged the police to arrest and prosecute the cows and the herder who orchestrated the attack against the couple.
The rights group also called on Udu council’s chairman Hon.Brown Onajite and the House of Assembly member, representing Udu Constituency to put an end to open grazing in the communities.
IPW lamented that one of the victims Mrs Iro Ese was passing through tough time in the hospital as leaders of Ovwian Community in Udu LGA remained mute about the ugly incident .
“Enough is enough of this fulani herdsmen killing and destroying our environment .
We can’t fold our hands and watch what is happening in our environment. Laws are made to control a system and not to be silent after activation”.
The equally called on His excellency senator Dr. Okowa Arthur Ifeanyi to immediately implement the anti-grazing law that have been signed into law to effectively carry out in the south South regions.
IPWD appealed to the youths of Ovwian Community to swing into action and evict every herder from the community without further delay.