Nnaya Eziyi, Umuahia
Traditional ruler of Ndi Uduma Awoke in Ohafia Local Government of Abia State, HRM Ezeogo Kalu Uduma Nchonwa has petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP) over alleged plan by Fulani herdsmen to attack the community.
Nchonwa stated this while speaking to newsmen over alleged planned reprisal attack on the community by the herdsmen for alleged killing of one of them, two cows, and burning of two motorcycles belonging to their kinsmen by the people.
He denied the incident occurred in the community, adding that since the report of the planned attack filtered into the community the people had been living there in large numbers out of fear of being killed by the herdsmen.
“The truth of the matter is that we don’t know the perpetrator of the incident. Secondly it neither occurred in our community nor farmland. All efforts to explain this to the authorities have fallen on deaf ears,” he lamented.
The monarch of the community, which is about four kilometers from the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Barracks, said since the June 8th, 2017 incident his subjects had been noticing strange persons and movements around the community.
“We have also not been going to our farms. And this is very dangerous to an agrarian community like ours. What this means is that if the situations remained unchecked our crops will all rot away,” the embittered monarch added.
He called on both the state government and the security agencies, to take urgent steps now to avert any dangers in the community or its environs, “in view of what has been happening between herdsmen and farmers across the country.”
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Leye Oyebade has issued a statement, which was signed by the Police Public Relations (PPRO), DSP Geoffrey Ogbonna, saying a combined efforts of the Police and the Military had doused the tension.
Captioned “Re: Farmers/Herdsmen Dispute in Ohafia LGA, Abia State” the statement said, “Since the incident, Police covert operations, and extensive patrol have been deployed to ensure no further breach of peace in the community and its environs.
The statement, which was obtained by our correspondent, said the state Farmers/Herdsmen Conflicts Resolution Committee, headed by Oyebade had passed recommendations to the government on how to solve such issues.