Herdsmen Allegedly Rape Court Officials In Abia
A court of law is moving from its present location to a safe haven over persistent attacks by herdsmen.
Chief Registrar of Abia state high court, Benson Anya, announced the relocation of a magistrate court in Umuchieze, Umuneochi Local Government Area (LGA).
Speaking with our correspondent in Umahia, the registrar regretted that the decision was taken after persistent attacks on the court facilities by herdsmen who were alleged to have raped and harassed court officials.
"I was sent by the Acting Chief Judge, Justice Kalu Ogwe to access the situation and we discovered the heinous activities of the herdsmen prompting us to relocate the court till further notice.
"Our staff are constantly threatened and raped in most cases. The police is currently investigating the matter."
Recall that in February, over 300 residents of the Isiadu community, Ameke Ibeku in Umuahia North of Abia state, fled their homes after gunmen suspected to be herdsmen invaded the community.There have also been several clashes between farmers and herders in Ohafia local government which prompted the state government to set up a joint committee of all the security operatives, community leaders and civil society groups that meets monthly to access the relationship between the communities and the Fulani herdsmen.
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