Herdsmen killing us and raping our wives –Anambra youths

Scores of youths from Anambra West  Local Government Area of  Anambra State on Monday protested  against  the alleged raping of women  in the area  by suspected  Fulani herdsmen.

The youths from  Anam and Igala communities  also alleged that  Fulani herdsmen  had  killed  and maimed  some  people in the area.

The  placard-carrying protesters, who  converged on Umueze Anam Bridge, vowed to resist further attacks by the herdsmen.

They said, “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”.

They called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Willie Obiano to intervene.

Spokesman for the group, Odikpo Madubueze,   said, “We are just respecting Governor Obiano that is why we have not confronted these herdsmen.  If they continue what they are doing, we will confront them and it will be bloody and we’re sure at the end of the clash no herdsman will ever come to Anambra West again.”

He added, “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.”

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