The Chairman, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State, Victor Ofobrukueta, has called on farmers who have reportedly abandoned their farm reserves in the area following incessant attacks by suspected killer herdsmen to go back, assuring them that government has taken adequate measures to guarantee their safety.
Speaking to the punch in Abraka on Sunday, the council chairman stated that “Government is equal to the task while any security challenge would be tackled squarely.
“I am hereby asking our farmers to remain calm and they should not entertain any fear. Government is equal to the task. Any security challenge would be tackled squarely. So, they should return to their farm holdings.
“I had a meeting with the farmers last week where we discussed strategies and we were also able to tell them what and what we intend to do and they were satisfied.
“So, I think for that, we are taking serious actions on threats to the farmers in our farm reserves.”
The council chairman said earlier in the year, his administration mobilised security agents to comb the farm reserves to drive away criminal herdsmen.
He said the farmlands have been a little bit calm since then.
On the slain councillor in the local government, Jude Adjekpovu, who was murdered along Eku-Abraka Road about two weeks ago by yet-to-be identified persons, the council chairman affirmed his commitment towards identifying and prosecuting the killers.