Strong indications of the dreaded “Boko Haram” alleged invasion of Delta State, has continued to create the fear of the unknown among its residents, especially the Christian community who had feared that the Boko Haram’s target might be churches if the indications were anything to go by.
But in a swift reaction, the Delta State Police command through its public relations officer, Mr Andrew Aniamaka, dispelled the indications as untrue, adding that the police were ready and have beef up security around churches, and others.
He said, “We are not aware of such Boko Haram invasion, it is just a mere rumour, however, security has been put in place to avoid breakdown of law and order in the state, urging residents to go about their businesses, duties.”
Expectedly, residents in Asaba-Abraka, Ibusa, Ughelli and Sapele communities have been moving out of the areas for fear of the unknown.
Unconfirmed sources said the indications of possible “Boko Haram” invasion to Delta State was allegedly demonstrated last weekend when an alleged Boko Haram suspect was arrested by police in Okpanam Police Division who were on a routine patrol.
According to a senior police officer in the Division who did not want his name in the print, said the suspect upon interrogation, claimed he missed his way and suddenly found himself in Asaba, adding that some dangerous weapons were recovered from him.
He added that the suspect had been helping the police for further investigation. Meanwhile, fresh attack has been allegedly launched on Ndokwa communities by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
It was gathered that the attackers allegedly destroyed several crops worth millions of naira at the communities’ various farmlands, including a 12-year boy identified as Ossai, (surname withheld) that was allegedly killed in one of the farms.
Although, the State government through the ministry of Information, issued warnings to suspected herdsmen to steer clear off the Ndokwa communities, but strong indications are that residents of the communities are currently living in the fear of the unknown.
In the warning statement, signed by the State commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, a copy made available to our reporter, part of it reads: “government will deal decisively with any suspected Fulani herdsmen causing wreak of troubles in their host communities, meanwhile, security agents have been directed to arrest those trying to cause unrest”.
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