Residents of Enugu yesterday took to the streets to protest the heinous killings by herdsmen.
The protesters marched from New Market through Okpara Avenue, Holy Ghost Park, Edinburgh Street, straight to the old parliamentary building housing the state’s House of Assembly, and ended at the Government House, reports, an online news portal.
The invasion of the sleepy village of Ukpabi-Nimbo by these death vendors has continued to elicit reaction.
In an interview with a television station yesterday morning, the Civil Liberty Organisation, CLO, through its executive director, Mr Ibuchukwu Ezike, condemned the killings in very clear terms and called on the federal government to take immediate actions against the perpetrators of the heinous crime if it was not comfortable with the plans by the state government to arm its vigilante groups to protect the people.
CLO also condemned the attempt to exonerate the Fulani herdsmen suspected to be behind the killings by some northern politicians, querying what preventive had been ever since the inception of the attacks by this same people in Jos, Nasarawa, Agatu and now Enugu.
The Enugu attack, which left scores dead, property worth millions of naira destroyed, hundreds displaced and many others battling for survival at various hospitals, is now the major focus in national discourse.
The Enugu protest led by a group under the aegis of Concerned Citizens of Enugu State, moved to the streets demanding an end to the killings
The group’s spokesperson, Dr. McGinger Ibeneme decried the incessant destruction of farmlands, killings, rape and kidnapping of people of the South-East by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
“The crux of the matter is that every day people go to their sleep and Fulani cattle herdsmen will come and slaughter them. Just few days ago, over 200 people were massacred in their village in Uzo-Uwani. Nobody has said their crime, there has never been any arrest; if anything, the Awgu indigenes were arrested for chasing away the invaders. They had to bail themselves. Their women were raped, men abducted.
“We have heard about a Catholic priest being abducted. We have heard about churches being burnt. We have heard about women being raped; every single day lives are lost. The federal government has refused to say anything; the presidency has been quiet over the Fulani herdsmen invasion. Are cows worth more than our lives? Why are they killing us? Is it a crime to be a Nigerian? When will the killings stop? Why hasn’t the president sent the army? Why hasn’t the president deployed intelligence?
“We are human beings; we have to shout for the whole world to hear us. The genocide is going on. There is a systematic killing of our people. After the massacre the government will now send the police to come and calm us down so that there will not be reprisals. We are dying in our numbers”, Ibeneme lamented.
Protest in UK
In the mean time, Nigerians resident in the city of London, United Kingdom, yesterday took to the streets in protest of the consistent attacks on innocent Nigerians by herdsmen across the country.
The protesters, who were in their hundreds, were sighted in front of the British embassy, and had Nigeria’s flag and placards with different inscriptions.
Some of the placards read: ‘Silence kills,’ ‘Buhari stop the massacre,’ ‘Keep off our lands,’ etc, while some of them displayed pictures of victims of herdsmen attacks.
Reports by said some Biafran flags were also displayed by some of the protesters while some others wore Biafran souvenirs like caps, scarfs, etc.
Meanwhile, four agrarian villages in Edo State have raised alarm over what they described as an invasion of their communities by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
The elders of the villages, namely Orhua, Oke, Umokpe and Ekpan in Irhue Clan, Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo, alleged that the Fulani mercenaries carrying sophisticated guns, bows and arrows, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons were brought to the community by a multi-national firm, Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc.
A statement signed by Comrade Tony Erha and Patrick Erhunsee, coordinator-general and deputy director of Okpamakhi Initiative, on behalf of the communities, said the invasion by the herdsmen was sponsored by the company because the communities refused to allow the forceful acquisition of over 8,000 hectares of their forest reserve.
“Although our communities have had minor disagreements with the Fulani herdsmen of recent, and the issues had been resolved amicably, and grazing on the land has continued, we do not want the Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc to hide under this ploy to rent gunmen and foreign mercenaries to attack, kill and maim our defenceless people,” they said.

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