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Policemen Now Escort Farmers To Farm Lands, Says Gov Okowa

DELTA State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has revealed that following the escalating attacks on farmers and other villagers by rampaging herdsmen, policemen have been deployed to escort farmers to their farms, especially at Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area, the most dangerous area in the state, where cattle men have a stronghold, popularly known as “Sambisa forest.’
Though he did not give details of the escort arrangement by the police, the governor called on the Federal Government to break its silence on the problem which herdsmen posed to the state and other parts of the country and come out with appropriate strategies to tackle the menace. The governor, speaking at his quarterly briefing with reporters at Asaba, the state capital, recently, said the state government was taking steps to contain the cattle men, but without apposite federal guidelines, even the intervention by state governments would be inconsequential. His words: “The operatives (policemen) are providing security there (Abraka) and currently escorting farmers to their farm lands. A unit of policemen with specially trained police force has also been deployed to Ossissa to deal with the issues there too. But as I did say, the federal government needs to speak up on this matter as this is very important if we are to have a way forward on this matter.”Read more

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