Residents of the Toru Angiama community in Delta State's Patani Local Government Area are under tension after three farmers were slain by suspected herdsmen who broke into the neighborhood.
It was also claimed that other farmers were kidnapped during the assault.
The PUNCH gathered that the hoodlums killed one Mr Dennis, his son and one other person while they were working on their farm.
It was further gathered that the deceased were slain while trying to fend off the gun-toting herders and their cattle from grazing and destroying crops on their farms.
A former president of the Ijaw Youth Council, Dr Chris Ekiyor, who hails from Patani Local Government Area, appealed for calm among members of the community advising them not to take laws into their own hands.
He also called on the government and security agencies to fish out the killers.
Dr Ekiyor urged the state government to address the issue of insecurity in the area so as to forestall any further crisis.
The PUNCH learned that local residents, especially parents, have frequently voiced alarm about the extent of security risk that the entry of herders into the neighborhood poses to farmers.
When contacted, DSP Bright Edafe, the police public relations officer for Delta State Command, was unable to determine whether a formal report of the occurrence had been made to the command.
In answer to our correspondent's questions, the PPRO said, "I can't remember any matter like this, please.
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