Palpable pressure has enveloped Urhuoka-Abraka group in Ethiope-East Local Government Area of Delta State following the killing of a member of the group by armed males suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
Sources stated the incident occurred on Monday round Ovre-Abraka bush the place indigenes of the group farm.
It was gathered that the younger man, a welder, who was later recognized as Solomon Ejor, was killed whereas making an attempt to rescue his mom, Mrs Maria Ejor, who had gone to Ovre to farm, and was held hostage by the herdsmen in her farm.
On attending to the place, a confrontation ensued, which led to the lady’s freedom, however Solomon was unfortunate as he was shot earlier than being beheaded by the suspected herdsmen.
It was gathered that over 50 native farmers had been killed in the scuffle for the reason that wrestle started even as the state authorities and safety operatives had been accused of taking part in politics with the rampaging killing in the realm.
Irked by the continued killing and inaction of the standard ruler, indignant indigenes retrieved the mutilated physique of the sufferer and went to the palace of the Ovie of Oruarivie-Abraka to dump the corpse and register their grievances.
Upon sighting the indignant mob with the corpse of the slain welder, the monarch was learnt to have reportedly fled the palace by the again gate to an unknown vacation spot in all probability to keep away from seeing the corpse which is a taboo for a monarch in Urhobo.
The protesters invaded the palace destroying automobiles and air conditioners with a menace to torch the palace much less for the well timed intervention of a detachment of military personnel.
The President General of the group, Dr. Tedwins Emudainohwo, whose automobile was additionally destroyed in the mayhem stated, “They introduced the corpse to the palace with the intention of desecrating the palace coupled with the truth that it’s a taboo for the Ovie to see a corpse.
“The victim, in company with his younger brother and two friends, had gone to the bush to rescue their mother who had gone to the farm and was trapped in the bush, following shootings by herdsmen in the area.”
“Their mother had gone to her farm on Monday to work. While there, she started hearing gunshots inside the bush and had to take cover at a spot. In her hiding position, she was able to see some Fulani herdsmen walking past as they continued shooting. After the situation had calmed down, she called her children and told them that she was trapped inside the bush.”
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