A father and son were killed in the Toru-Angiama community of the Patani Local Government Area of Delta state by suspected herdsmen.
The incident, which happened early on Monday, January 23, 2023, caused chaos in the formerly tranquil neighbourhood as several terrified people fled the area.
High Chief Dennis Egbejule and his son were the victims, who were murdered to death at their farmland in what was reportedly an unprovoked attack.
It was gathered that one other person was inflicted with gunshot injuries as several others were said to have been held hostage by the herdsmen who invaded the community’s farmhands.
According to the Nigerian Tribune report, some herders in the community and environs had been intimidating and harassing residents in the area in recent times.
Giving details of the incident, the Chairman of the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, in Kabowei kingdom, Mr Andrew Ekiyor said the victims had gone to their farm when they met the herdsmen destroying their crops.
“In the process of trying to stop them, they had an argument and that was how they were attacked. One other man was also shot but he did not die. He managed to escape into the community and made us understand that some people are still being held hostage in the bush.”
“The boy (the man’s son) did not die instantly, so they chased the boy into the community. People saw it very well.”
He disclosed that everybody in the community was scared and that some people had run away from the village.
Another source who also said the man’s son did not die on the spot, disclosed that he was being rushed to the hospital but because the place is not motorable, they wanted to use a boat, however he later died.
Spokesperson of the Delta State Police Command, DSP Bright Edafe, who confirmed the killing on Monday evening, said that no suspect has been arrested in connection with the gruesome murder.