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Youths and Fulani Herdsmen engaged in Gun Battle in Delta State

‘Umunor Community’, ‘Osissa Kingdom’ of Delta state was subject to a deadly commotion as youths of the community and Fulani Herdsmen clashed in a gun battle.

‘PUNCH’ reports that the herdsmen were attempting to attack the community when they were stopped by the angry youths which led to an intense battle that saw bullets flying around.

The number of casualties in the commotion is unknown at the moment but calm has been restored to the community following the arrival of the local council chairman and the police area commander.

A security source told ‘PUNCH’ that men had been drafted to the community to maintain peace.

The source said;

"We don’t know if any casualty was recorded during Monday’s incident but there was a heavy exchange of gunfire between herdsmen and community members over a failed attack on Umunor community. Our men have been drafted there to keep the peace".

"Ndokwa East council chairman in company with the Police Area Commander in the area visited the community today (Tuesday) to ascertain the situation in the area. Both parties were told to halt further hostilities".

The local council chairman, ‘Mrs. Nkechi Chukwurah’ who confirmed the incident said;

"The people want the herdsmen to leave their land. Many of them deserted their homes while some slept at the palace of the traditional ruler in the area".

"They are complaining they can’t go to their farms any longer because of fear of being attacked. As a result, they have no food to eat. Farming is the major occupation of my people".

In Southern Kaduna, traditional rulers and Fulani herdsmen recently agreed a peace deal not to attack each other.

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