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February 24, 2017

Fulani herdsmen: 2000 women protest in Delta – hold Governor’s aide hostage

The women numbering over 2000, were protesting the harassment, killing of their people, the raping of women and destruction of their farms by Fulani herdsmen, Sahara Reporters reports.

The Secretary to the Delta State Government (SSG), Festus Agas, was held hostage by protesting Ossissa women on Monday, October 24, on the busy Asaba-Kwale-Ozoro-Warri road.

They barricaded the road as they advanced to attack Agas in his official vehicle, preventing the SSG’s convoy, which included several other state officials, from moving on until the issues were addressed.

Security men fought hard to ensure his security as the protest almost turned violent. The women challenged Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to emulate the action of his Ekiti state counterpart against Fulani herdsmen.

They said if he doesn’t emulate Governor Ayodele Fayose, they will embark on a mass protest to the government house in Asaba, the state capital. According to one of the women simply identified as Madam Nkem, they decided to hold Agas and other government officials’ hostage following Okowa’s inability to deal with herdsmen issue.

“Several innocent Deltans have died following the activities of the Fulani herdsmen in the state and governor Okowa and his government have refused to do anything about the whole thing because none of his family members is being affected

“We want the Fulani herdsmen to leave our land and community, because the Fulani herdsmen always rape our women and girls in the presence of their men at gun point, and their cattle are destroying our crops, killing our people and so many other things,” she said. Madam Nkem added that the governor and his team have disappointed the people.

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