FIFTEEN communities in Orumba South local government of Anambra State have raised alarm over alleged menace of herdsmen in the area.
Prince Chukwudi Ugochukwu, a spokesman for the communities, who spoke when some officials of the state government visited the area, regretted that the herdsmen allowed their cows to be grazing freely in their farms, thereby destroying the crops.
He alleged that some women were also raped in the process, adding that the affected women failed to speak out because of the stigma associated with rape, especially the ones carried out by Fulani herdsmen.
He said: “All the communities in this area are under the threat of the herdsmen and all our farmlands have been devastated by the herdsmen”
“Our women had wanted to demonstrate over the ordeal they are passing through, but they were restrained. Even the youths had planned a reprisal attack, but we see it as attracting a serious problem that might escalate.”
According to him, it was only the state government that could handle the matter perfectly . He called for Governor Willie Obiano’s urgent attention to their complaints.
Senior Special Assistant to Governor Obiano on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), Mr. Uchenna Okafor, who led the officials assured the communities that their demands and complaints would receive the express attention of the governor.