The Delta State Police Command says its attention has been drawn to a video circulating on the social media to the effect that some Fulani herdsmen have arrived Asaba by three flying boats through the River Niger and that they were seen with suspected firearms.
A statement titled: “Re: fulani herdsmen arrived Asaba by flying boat” issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, of the Command, ASP Andrew Aniamaka, explained that on Sunday, 21st January, 2018, at about 3pm, some herdsmen arrived Asaba bank of the River Niger in three flying boats with their cattle.
The statement reads: “On receipt of the information, members of the Committee on Herdsmen/ Farmers recently inaugurated by the Police Command, led by its chairman Chief Cassidy N. Iloba, Senior Special Assistant on Security to the State Governor, interrogated the herdsmen, and thereafter they returned to Kogi State where they came from. It is necessary to clear that none of the herdsmen was found with firearms. One Alhaji Katti, who has been a resident herder in the area for the past three decades, is the only one remaining there. He has however been warned and bounded over not to harbour any migrant herdsmen forthwith.
“Meanwhile, the Command, in conjunction with Herdsmen/Farmers Committee is working assiduously towards ensuring peaceful coexistence between herders and farmers in the state. While advising the public to be vigilant, the Command calls on any person with credible information about any threat to security of any kind to furnish the police or other security agencies with such information.”