Angry Women Protest Against Rape by Fulani Herdsmen

February 14, 2015 12:42 pm

Over 1000 women and some male community leaders has angrilly marched to
Umuahia, the Abia State capital to protest the invasion of their
farmlands by Fulani herdsmen, whom they accused of raping and infecting
women who go to farms with STD’s including the deadly HIV virus.

The
protesters from Ahaba  Imenyi in Isuikwuato local government took their
protest to government house where they recounted their ordeal in the
hands of the herdsmen, who act with impunity and wanton confidence.
A community leader, Mr. Ikechukwu Orunta said
that they decided to come to the seat of government in order to draw
the attention of the state governor to the “atrocities being committed
by the herdsmen against the people of Ahaba Imenyi.

He said  the
Fulani herdsmen had taken over the entire community with their cattle
which destroy the farms and defecate into the only source of water
supply for the community, adding that the security agencies had not been
of any help.
“We have made several attempts to stop them to no avail
and all efforts to get the security agencies to call them to order have
failed,” the community lamented.

According to THIS DAY, A woman
leader in the distressed community, Mrs. Victoria Ifeanyichukwu said
that the community had been pushed to the wall as women had stopped
going to the farms due to the incessant sexual harassments and attempted
rape by the herdsmen.

“We can’t go to our farms for fear of
being raped by the herdsmen, my Daughter contracted Gonorhea after being
raped while my neighbour lost her 5 months pregnancy after being raped
repeatedly by 4 fulani men with uncircumsized penises” she said, adding
that there was need for government to come to their rescue and save the
community from starvation, Rape and disease arising from infection and
pollution of their water supply.

In his response, the state
Governor, Chief Theodore Orji frowned at the  frequent reports of
untoward activities of the Fulani herdsmen in Abia communities, saying
that the hospitality of the state should not be abused.

The
Governor, who was represented by the state commissioner for information
and strategy, Chief Anthony Agbazuere, noted with sadness, the
destruction of crops by cattle after huge investments by government
which had secured N1 billion agriculture loan for farmers in the state.

He
urged the aggrieved people of Ahaba Imenyi not to take the law into
their hands and assured that government would promptly wade into the
matter and resolve it in few days time.

Orji described as
barbaric, attempts to rape women who had gone to engage in farming
activities, saying that government would never condone such acts.

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