Women from four local governments in Enugu State numbering over 20 people yesterday called on Enugu State Government to with dispatch stop Fulani herdsmen from molesting them or destroying their farm or in alternative send them away from the land.
Making the call, the women who represented the Anglican Diocese of Enugu North comprising Enugu North, Enugu East, Udi and Ezeagu lamented that the herdsmen rape women, kill both men and women while their herd destroy farmlands.
The women made the call when they undertook a peaceful demonstration that took them to the Enugu State House of Assembly.
Leader of the group, Mrs Achogaonye Eze, who spoke on behalf of the protesting women, said unless the herdsmen are stopped, their lives would be in grave danger because they arm themselves with sophisticated weapons making it impossible for the vigilante to confront them.
Eze who is the wife of Bishop Sostenance Eze of Enugu North Anglican Diocese, pointed out that apart from raping women and killing people in the communities, the herdsmen also engage in robbery and kidnapping and lamented that they are helpless because they had complained to the law enforcement agencies to no avail.
She disclosed that people are now afraid to go to the farm unless they are in groups for fear of rape or outright killing and recounted their ordeal thus:
“They have butchered two men who tried to confront them, they rape women and destroy their crops.
“They pretend to be selling bush meat and when you stop over to buy, their gang will come out of the bush and rob you of your belonging.
“They are now wielding AK 47 guns at villagers who confront them and since the vigilante do not have such sophisticated weapons they withdraw,” she enumerates and posted that they should be asked to vacate Enugu State for good.
“Our people are molested, they feel that they own the land. If we don’t stop them, they may rape your own wives,” she avers.
The demonstrating women carried placards that read in parts, Fulani herdsmen kill our men with AK 47, All we are saying is, Fulani, leave our farmlands, They butchered two men at Eke, stop robbing us at the high ways, etc.”
Addressing the women, speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Hon. Edward Ubosi, represented by the public relations officer, PRO, of the House, Mr. Jonas Ugwuanyi adviced them to take it easy and eschew violence in demonstrating their anger.
“The issue is a grievous one but I want to advice you to take things easy and channel your complaints to the law enforcement agencies,” he advised.
He however said that the House would look into their grievances with a view to doing something to alleviate their plight.

READ ALSO  Cleric urges Nigerians to get closer to God