By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Zanna Mohammed Ibrahim has
countered the Publicity Secretary of Miyetti Allah Kautalhore saying that only 10 herdsmen and seven members of the Delta communities were killed in addition to the destruction of farmlands, stealing and slaughtering of cattle which resulted in tensions in the state.
New Nigerian Newspapers gathered that this is contrary to allegations by the Delta State Publicity Secretary of Miyetti Allah Kautalhore’s, Yusuf Musa Ardo on BBC Hausa Service broadcast on Saturday morning September 9, 2017 that one hundred and fifty, (150) cows were slaughtered by communities in Delta from January 2017 to date.
A statement signed by the Delta State Acting Police Public Relations
Officer,DSP Andrew Aniamaka and made available to newsmen,
the CP described the allegations as”false, misleading and a calculated
attempt to incite a section of the public against the Police and communities in the state.
CP Ibrahim frowned at the irresponsible act of misinforming the public
by inflating the figure of casualties suffered by the herdsmen while
at the same time mischievously remaining silent on that suffered by
The CP said, “hitherto pockets of unnecessary skirmishes and reprisal
attacks which had resulted in the unfortunate loss of lives of ten
herdsmen and seven members of the communities, as well as destruction
of farmlands, stealing and slaughtering of cattle and thereby creating
tension in the affected communities, between January 2017 to date.”
CP Ibrahim warned the Miyetti Allah Kautalhore’s Publicity Secretary
to stop inciting the general public just as he enjoined same to always
verify facts before going to the public.
CP Ibrahim expressed happiness that the state is relatively peaceful
now owing to a number of measures which include regular
stakeholders/town hall meetings and setting up of conflict resolution
committee at identified flash points in Delta State by the Command in
conjunction with the State Government and other key actors.
While emphasizing that peaceful resolution of conflicts should always
be pursued as the best and lawful option, CP Ibrahim called on the
public to disregard the false and inciting claims of Miyetti Allah
Katauhore through its publicity secretary stressing that they should
continue to follow the path of peace at all times as the command
continually and consciously makes effort to serve them better.