Former President of the Ijaw Youths Council ( IYC ), Dr Chris Ekiyor, Wednesday evening reportedly escaped death narrowly when suspected Fulani herdsmen reportedly riddled his car with bullets along the East/West Road, around Evwreni Community, Ughelli council area of Delta state.
Ekiyor, who was also a commissioner in the Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan administration in the state, was said to be on his way to his Patani country home when two armed men, believed to be Fulani herdsmen, emerged suddenly and took aim at his car.
It was gathered that the former Ijaw youth leader managed to escape the scene of the attack because he was driving a bullet proof vehicle. The attack occurred between 6:30pm to 6:40pm.
Describing his experience to journalists during a briefing in Patani Thursday evening, Ekiyor expressed strong conviction that his attackers were Fulani herdsmen, explaining that his experience with people in different parts of the country is vivid and could not have mistaken the identities of his attackers.
“I was returning to Patani from Asaba when around Evwreni, just outside Ughelli town, I came under attack by these men dressed in the attires of northerners, they brought out their guns and started shooting at my car. The bullets took out two of my tires.
“I managed to escape to one of the communities around. The nearest police roadblock had been deserted and neither was I able to get any cooperation from the DPO of the area, who said there was no vehicle to deploy”, he explained.
He, however called on President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly and seriously tackle the worsening Fulani herdsmen violence across the country before it consumes the country, charging him to look beyond partisan and ethnic interests.
Also reacting to the development, factional President of the IYC, Eric Omare, in a statement signed by the body’s spokesman, Henry Iyalla, charged President Buhari to act fact, noting that the security situation across the country is already spiraling out of control.
“The attack on Dr. Ekiyor, a former Commissioner in Delta State is just a reflection of the general security situation in different parts of the country. It would be recalled that prominent Nigerians such as Chief Olu Falae, travellers along the Benin to Lagos road and other parts of the country have been subjects of attacks in recent times.
“The security situation in all parts of the country is degenerating and calls for urgent actions by the federal government to arrest the situation. The gradual arms buildup in different parts of the country towards the 2019 elections is worrisome and make lead to a full blown war if urgent steps are not taken.
“It is totally unacceptable to private citizens from a section of the country to have access to guns and using it to main and kill others without commiserate response by the federal government.
“The IYC therefore call on President Buhari and the relevant security agencies to take drastic steps to stop the slide in the nation’s security before the situation get out of hand and result in unnecessary war in Nigeria”, he said.