Leadership tussle: Ebonyi indigenes flee to Benue

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Adeyinka Adedipe and Daniels Igoni

VEHICULAR movement was disrupted on Wednesday along the ever-busy Uromi Road in Esan North East Local Government Area of Edo State as women trooped out in large numbers to protest killings by suspected herdsmen.

The aggrieved women also protested the destruction of their farms and raping of their girls.

However, the Ojuromi of Uromi, HRH Anselm Aidenojie, has called for calm, assuring the protesters that their grievances would get to the appropriate authority.

The women blocked the entire stretch of the road from the palace of Ojuromi of Uromi, and the police station, insisting that they be addressed by the Onojie and the Divisional Police Officer. The women later dispersed and promised to converge another day.

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One of the women said, “We are tired of kidnapping in our community by Fulani; they don’t only kidnap our people, they rape our girls and women, others take their cows to our farms to eat and destroy our crops.”

When contacted, the Ujoromi stated that the activities of the killer Fulani herdsmen had become worrisome, calling for calm and promising that the protesters’ grievances would get to the appropriate quarters.

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He said, “The activities of the criminal herdsmen are quite worrisome and disturbing. They kidnap our people, rape the women, maim and wreck a lot of havoc. “They don’t allow people to go to their farms anymore. But that does not mean that there are no good Fulani people because some have been living with us in peace in our kingdom.”

Bayelsa women too

Meanwhile, scores of women from Epie/Atissa kingdoms in the Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, on Wednesday staged a peaceful protest against the menace of herdsmen around their communities.

One of them, Mercy Adovuya, said, “We cannot continue to keep quiet over this problem. We don’t want cattle in our area again. It is time for government to act before something else happens.

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“Enough is enough. The herdsmen should leave our farmlands. The state government should protect us and our crops from herdsmen and their cows.”

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