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Anambra community sends SOS to govt over herders attack

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UMUMBO Community in Ayamelum Local Government Area has made an urgent appeal to Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano to rescue them from incessant attacks of Fulani Herdsmen.

The traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Simon Ikechukwu who disclosed this during the inauguration of Josan Game Rice mills, appealed to the state government to make haste and save them from the attacks of Fulani Herdsmen before it becomes late.

The community said the alarm was very necessary in view of the deadly attacks of the herdsmen, stressing that they had been holding back their youths from reprisal attacks. They slated that the herdsmen had rebuffed appeals from the traditional ruler even as they allegedly went ahead unleashing terror on the people, rapping the women and robbing them.

The monarch disclosed that recently they way-laid a woman on her way to the farm, dispossessed her of her phone, huge money that she collected from a monthly “ISUSU” and other personal effect.

He also stated that a commercial motorcyclist who two herdsmen hired to convey them from Umumbo to Otuocha had on their way dispossessed him of the motorcycle. He said that they forcefully diverted into Igbariam bush part and made away with the bike.

His words, “I have summoned leaders of the Miyeth Allah in the south east to this palace in Umumbo to discuss the matter to find a lasting solution before the youth go on rampage.

The president general of the town, Chief Toney Nnaamah in his address, appealed to the governor to quickly intervene even to caution the herders of grave consequences of their action.

He noticed that their community is an agrarian one but regretted that the farmers watched helplessly as the cattle eat up their crops without considering the plight of the farmers.

The governor in his response applied to them to exercise patience as the herdsmen were gradually leaving the east in batches stressing that within a record time, they would have left with their cattle.

“A standard agreement between the state government and the herdsmen showed that any farm produce destroyed by the cattle would be compensated by herdsmen while any cow killed would be paid by the community.

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