The leadership of the Urhobo Youth Leaders’ Association (UYLA), has finalized plans to enforce the ban on open grazing in 48 hours over the recent Fulani jihadists’ threat to attack Delta State.
The UYLA called on Urhobo youths in the 24 kingdoms and other ethnic youth groups in the state to mobilize into the farmlands after the expiration of the ultimatum and evict the herdsmen.
UYLA’s decision was taken at an emergency Executive Committee meeting at Otor-Udu, Udu local government area of the state on Monday, June 14th, 2021 following a threat letter issued by the Fulani Jihadists to attack Asaba the capital city and Agbor over Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s support for the ban on open grazing in the Southern part of the country
In a statement by UYLA’s Acting President, Chief Anthony Onoriode Ofoni, the Association condemned the threat letter on Gov Okowa and the people of Delta State, which was pasted in some parts of the State including the premises of Living Faith Bible Church (aka Winners Chapel), Infant Jesus Road in Asaba, where the Fulani Jihadists vowed to carry out their threat if the Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa does not withdraw his support for the ban on open grazing within 72 hours.
UYLA issued a 48-hour quit notice to all Fulani Jihadists to immediately stop open grazing and take away their cattle from the Delta Central Senatorial District.
“This is to inform the Fulanis of Usman dan fodio leadership that after 48 hours, open grazing of cattle by nomadic people will be forbidden in Delta Central Senatorial District.
“The safety of herdsmen and their cattle still in the region after the expiration of the notice will no longer be guaranteed because they have sacked some of our communities in Uwheru and killed many Abraka farmers and we viewed the threat as a big insult on all Deltans”.