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  • News - South East - Imo
  • Updated: February 07, 2024

Tension as suspected Fulani hunters invade Imo

Tension as suspected Fulani hunters invade Imo

There is palpable tension in ImoSstate and its surroundings following the reported invasion of hundreds of Fulani hunters in some communities of Imo state.

The Fulani hunters, according to reports, were intercepted on Monday at the Obinze/Avu/Ihiagwa axis in Owerri-west LGA of Imo state.

The hunters were subsequently paraded by the police alongside several hunting dogs wearing bangles on their necks.

While the Imo state police command was yet to react to this, the police Spokesman in Delta State, DSP Bright Edafe, debunked news of the invasion by hunters intercepted in Agbor Delta State.

In a short press release, the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer said the intercepted hunters after thoroughly profiling them were genuine hunters without any trait of destruction.

"It's very unfortunate the way people carry fake news. These men are hunters intercepted in Agbor Delta State, and after profiling them, we discovered they were genuine hunters. But people are saying the direct opposite.

"This never happened in Imo state. People should be careful what they write and post on social media to avoid inciting the public."

But an indigene of Ihiagwa who spoke to our reporter said the hunters were conveyed in heavy-duty vehicles into the Obinze/Avu axis and other parts of the state.

According to him, when intercepted, they claimed that they were on their way to Lokpanta in Abia State.

"These people were actually intercepted around Obinze/Avu axis, my community, Ihiagwa was even alerted. They claimed they were on their way to Lokpanta in Abia State.

"Unless the one intercepted at Agbor in Delta State was a different story altogether, but we are very sure a similar interception was made in Imo around the Obinze/Avu axis. There is also news that some were intercepted by Amotekun a day or two days ago. 

"If this set is different from the Agbor one, the question is, what is the sudden interest in hunting in the different parts of Nigeria? Security issues are not something to handle with kids' gloves. Security agencies have to step up actions and it should followed up without sentiments," he submitted.

Meanwhile, Imo residents are not unaware of the news which was repeatedly aired both on radio and television hence, have restricted their movement not beyond 9 pm for fear of the unknown.

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