A local community in the South-eastern part of Nigeria is currently at the mercy of rampaging Fulani herdsmen without intervention by government.
Traditional ruler of Abala community in Obingwa council, Eze Paul Ekwenye has bitterly cried out to the state government to intervene in the consecutive rampage by Fulani herdsmen who have occupying farmlands in the area. The embattled Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu was conveyed the message through the media.
According to the monarch, some 10 herdsmen with 200 cows attacked farm lands. Traders from Akwa Ibom State weren’t spared from the mayhem as they were on their way to the Orie market in the community.
Productive activities have been crippled in the region for a number of days which threatens food production if security operatives are not deployed to the region to put the situation under control.
According to him, “For five days now, Fulani herdsmen invaded our farm lands; they attacked women who went to their farm. Traders from Akwa Ibom state who were on their way to our Orie market said to me that they were also attacked. Some of the women said the herdsmen were shooting guns. We invited the Police, but the herdsmen ran away and came back when the Police left. There is tension in this community; every resident is afraid of his life and property. They have used their cows to destroy our crops.
“This is the way they invaded Ukpabi Nimbo community in Enugu state and killed people. We don’t want to be killed in our home. So, we are appealing to Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu to deploy security agents to help secure Abala community.”
Chairman of the Council of Village Heads, Abala community, Ndubuisi Sampson, who said he has warned the community vigilance group not to take laws into their hands, disclosed that some residents of the community have fled their homes and are now taking refuge at the Eze’s palace while others have relocated to their relations in neighbouring communities.