Nenyi-Ụmụeri decries Spate of Fulani Herdsmen in the Community

Report By Chima Onyekachi

<News>~Nkwo~16th November, 2022 @sunbight |15:00 CAT

IFITE UMUERITHE Indigenes of Nenyi-Ụmụ eri of Anambra East Local Government are lamenting over the influx of Fulani Herdsmen which has led to the destruction of farmlands in the community.

The Ancient community bordered by Aguleri and Otuocha communities are worried that the lack of developmental infrastructure and the activities of the armed Herdsmen spells doom for them.

The women of Nenyi-Umueri have become afraid to access their farmlands for fear of been raped and killed.

Speaking to SUNBIGHT MEDIA, Okechukwu Victor, a Traditional Priest and Hunter, explained that he had personally confronted the Herdsmen whenever he goes hunting in the bushes of his community.

Victor said “My hunting traps laid in my mother’s farmlands are always destroyed by the Herdsmen whenever it captures their cattle.”

“This is to tell you that these Herdsmen walk their cattle through peoples uncultivated farmlands, which is purely a wicked act to cause hunger in my ancestral land.”

The Traditional Priest berated the Anambra state government for the non-implementation of the anti-open grazing law accented into law on October 22, 2021.

The anti-grazing law has banned the Movement of cattle on foot in the urban and rural settlements in Anambra State.

The bill, titled, ‘Anambra State open grazing of cattle and other livestock prohibition and ranches establishment bill 2021’, was passed after the third reading at plenary by the members of the state House of Assembly on October 12, 2021.

The peoples of the community called on Governor Chukwuma Soludo to restrict the activities of the Herdsmen to avoid a breakdown of law and order.

Recall, the leadership of the South East zone of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MCBAN), Gidado Siddiki, appealed to the governor not to implement the law in the state now, as it would adversely affect them.■










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