In a bid to discourage the business of cattle rearing and stifle the activities of armed Fulani herdsmen in their area, the people of Uwheru kingdom in Ughelli North local government area of Delta State, have banned the sales and consumption of beef in all communities in the kingdom.
The ban is coming just as the Nigeria army, weekend, denied allegations that its personnel threatened to destroy communities in the kingdom if corpses of those reportedly killed by armed Fulani herdsmen are not exhumed.
Also, the member representing Ughelli North, Ughelli South and Udu constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon Francis Waive, has asked the Federal Government to investigate the incident including reported attacks by some military personnel on locals of the affected communities.
The lawmaker during a visit to Agadama over the weekend to commiserate with the people, said:
“We have to find out what happened to know the exact situation and endearing solutions that will ensure that this does not repeat itself because what has happened to the people of Agadama and Avwon is condemnable and it calls for unbiased investigations.
“There should be proper investigations to unveil whoever that is behind this gruesome attack and be brought to book to face the wrath of the law.
“Your pain is my pain and I am in touch with the authorities concerned to ensure that you are all protected
“I appeal for calm; I appeal for peace so that those who have left the community can come back.
“I have the assurances of the law enforcement agencies that they would not come here to harass anybody anymore.
“Our distinguish Senator Ovie Omo-Agege is also meeting with other leaders at the national level, as we are strategizing on what we can do to ensure that nobody touches you anymore and this thing does not happen again.”
Confirming the ban on the sales and consumption of beef in the affected communities, chairman of Agadama community, Sunday Iniovogoma stated that the resolution was reached at the end of a meeting held on Saturday by the leadership of Uwheru kingdom led by its traditional ruler, HRM Odio R’Ode of Uwheru kingdom, Agbaivwe III.