In Warri Delta State, gunmen weekend shot dead a policeman around NPA area and disappeared with his rifle.

Spokesman of Delta State police command, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, who confirmed the killing, said efforts are on to arrest those behind the killing.

The gunmen got close to the mobile policeman who was on the road-side and opened fire on him.

They went straight for his rifle after he slumped and thereafter, sped off in a waiting vehicle.

The sad incident caused panic in the area as eye-witnesses scampered for safety at the sound of gunshots.

Herdsmen kidnap female farmer in Delta

Also in Obiaruku in Delta State, suspected herdsmen reportedly kidnapped a female farmer, Mrs. Joy Osamezu, in her farm at Ukwuani Local Government Area, Delta State.

Though the circumstances surrounding the kidnap were hazy at press time, sources said she was abducted on Saturday while working in the farmland across River Ethiope.

“The kidnappers are using the woman’s number to call one contact in Obiaruku, speaking Hausa, so they went for who to interpret for them,” a source who craved anonymity said.

Contacted, Police Public Relations Officer of the state command, Onome Onovwakpoye, said: “The person is missing. She went to farm on Saturday and she has not returned.”

Meanwhile, the BOT chairman of Ukwuani Community Youth Leaders, Comrade Marcus Enudi, has lamented what he described as the continued kidnapping of Ukwuani women on their farms at Obiaruku by suspected herdsmen.

He called on the state government to station a team of “Delta Hawk” in Ukwuani Local Government Area to check the criminal activities of the herdsmen in the area.

“The continuous cases of kidnapping is overwhelming and may lead to crises in the area, if not nipped in the bud.

“Our women cannot safely go to their farms again, even the men for fear of being kidnapped or killed. This will lead to food shortages and hunger very soon. We can’t keep quiet in this critical time.

“We can’t be afraid to go to farm in our own land because of criminals parading as herdsmen,” he said.