Residents of Anam and Igala communities in Anambra state have cried out over frequent rape of women by Fulani herdsmen in the area.
During a protest organised to express their grievances, the residents lamented “How can they be raping our mothers, wives and sisters in our presence almost on a daily basis? Enough is enough.”
Some of their placards read, “Silent killing of our people by Fulani herdsmen on the farms and our villages are still going on”, “We are running out of patience with the violent activities of Fulani herdsmen in Anambra West”, “Pushing us to the wall will bring mayhem”, enough of the killing of our people”, “Police and Army are only protecting herdsmen while they are killing our people”.
The protesters also called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Willie Obiano to intervene.
Spokesman for the group, Odikpo Madubueze, said, “We are disappointed that the government is paying lip service to this issue. The visitors will come here rape our mothers, wives, sisters, attack and kill our people. We can no longer tolerate these.
“Obiano should intervene now; we do not want to create any embarrassing situation for him, but we expect him to act now.
“We do not want to take the law into our own hands, but the federal and Anambra state governments should not allow us to engage in violence; they (herdsmen) have humiliated us enough and many of our people who are predominantly farmers have abandoned their farms.
“We cannot run away from our farms and villages because of people we decided to accommodate to do their cattle business.”