Uwheru Kingdom, an Urhobo community situated in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, has banned the sale and consumption of cow meat in the kingdom following alleged continuous attacks on farmers and other residents of the kingdom by Fulani herdsmen.
The decision was said to have been taken at a meeting of the kingdom attended by prominent sons and daughters of Uwheru Kingdom, including Prof. Patrick Muoboghare, the Delta State Commissioner for Higher Education, the Punch reports.
The ban in Uwheru, one of the 24 traditional kingdoms in Urhoboland in Delta State, takes immediate effect.
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It was learnt that the ban was imposed after repeated attacks last week on the communities by Fulani killer herdsmen, which left no fewer than 10 persons dead.
According to sources who have a knowledge of the meeting, no fewer than 86 farmers in Uwheru communities have been killed in herdsmen related attacks in the last 12 years, thereby making the ban a necessity.
“By this ban, nobody can bring cow meat to any of the communities that made up Uwheru Kingdom for any function, be it burial or any other celebration. You can’t kill our people and expect us to be eating cow meat when our people can’t go to farm. The ban takes effect immediately,” a source said.