By Nosa Akenzua Asaba
Suspected herdsmen in Edjekota Ogor Community in Ughelli North local government area of Delta state, on Tuesday evening, allegedly killed a 54-year-old security guard identified as Anthony Aria Ejabare, in the area following disagreement with the security guard and others over their horrendous activities in the recent times, especially their alleged rape on unmarried women and housewives in the community.
It was gathered that the victim was allegedly shot in the chest by the herdsmen who were said to have been angered by the alleged attack on them by the security guard and others at the scene of the incident. But the police commissioner in the state, Mustafa Muhammad, who confirmed to journalists the killing of the security guard, said “the suspects are Fulani herdsmen upon interrogation as they admitted that the security guard and others attacked them first, the police arrested three of the suspects and investigation is ongoing” adding that the police will do everything humanly possible to bring to book hoodlums including suspected Fulani herdsmen allegedly raping women and house wives in the community.
Eyewitness, Jeremiah Oghenevo who spoke to journalists said that the corpse of the deceased was taken to the palace of Ovie of Ogor Kingdom by family members, a situation that almost led to protest in the community as efforts to take the corpse into the palace were resisted by the palace guards including some of the chiefs as a result of calamity it might spell .
The corpse of the victim was later taken to Ughelli general hospital mortuary for further investigation while the police intensified the search for the Fulani herdsmen who claimed they were Innocent and responsible Nigerians” citizens.
According to the police boss, “from the statement given by the wife of the victim who asked her to put down the cassava stems she carried on her head in an attempt to rape her elsewhere in the bush. It was further that the victim, however, pleaded with the armed hoodlums to spare his life but this fell on deaf ears.