Will These Herdsmen Attack Ebonyi Community Again?
Herdsmen have really wreaked havoc in many communities in Nigeria.
Igbeagu community in Izzi local government area of Ebonyi State has had its fair share and are not interested in a repeat.
A temporal vacation order was issued by Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi to the herdsmen after a recent attack on Igbeagu community, but that appears not to hold water.
Herdsmen have blatantly refused to relocate, creating perpetual fear in the minds of the villagers.
Some of the herdsmen have reportedly moved to the land under dispute between Ebonyi and Cross River states.
Apart from refusing to vacate Nduigwe, Amuzu, Okwata, Ochafu, and Ipheigwe villages where they rear their cattle, their activities had also resulted in the pollution of the only source of water (Okpuru) in the area.
In an interview with the traditional ruler of Igbeagu autonomous community, Chief Michael Ukwa, he alleged that the herdsmen had refused to abide by the peace resolution reached with state authorities.
"The herdsmen refuse to abide by the state government order.
"But the most painful aspect of it is one Odeka's family at Nwankeleke village of this community who connives with one fulani 'soldier' identified as lieutenant and the Fulani soldier is using the Odeka's family to molest my people."
Eze Ukwu stated that he had made frantic effort to ensure that the people remain law abiding following the state government directive as he had met with the Fulani community to know why they disobeyed government order.
In the same vein, Ochafu village head, Chief Enyi Daniel, who decried the continuous destruction of their farmland by herdsmen, alleged that since after the recent attack during which the herdsmen allegedly set their own huts ablaze, they (herdsmen) have been threatening them that they would come for their property one day.
According to Enyi, an unknown man had been visiting his palace in the disguise that he is a local government official, demanding the villagers to provide the property of the herdsmen.
The duo of Chief Mbam lshioke Nwambam, and Nwofoke Fidelis - the village heads of Ogbodo and Okwata respectively pleaded with the state government to urgently intervene in th to avert further attack.