By Perez Brisibe
ABRAKA – MEMBER representing Ethiope East constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Evans Iwhurie, weekend, said suspected Fulani herdsmen shot dead a staff of the Delta State University, DELSU, Abraka and a farmer at their farms in cold blood at Abraka.
The lawmaker while lamenting the menace of some Fulani herdsmen in the area said one of the victims, Mr. Francis Okotie, 52 and father of 8 was a senior staff of the university attached to the university library. Giving details on the incident, Iwhurie explained that, Mr. Okotie was shot twice, on his arm and on the back of his head in an execution style at his plantain and palm oil plantation farm where he had gone to fumigate.
“It is easy to identify the culprits because they always leave behind trails of cattle excreta, and damaged crops by their herds,” he stated. According to him, the killing of the university staff is coming on the heels of a similar incident involving an indigene of Abraka, Philip Obayendo who was shot and matcheted in pieces by his assailants at his farm at Oria-Abraka.
Speaking further, he said: “The decomposed corpse of Philip, a farmer, was discovered 5days after he was last seen going to his farm.
“Though this is a menace that has been occurring around the country, these two cases are a few of many that have befallen the people of my constituency especially at the Abraka area”