Anambra communities vow to resist herdsmen on their farms

Anambra communities vow to resist herdsmen on their farms

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Communities drawn from Anambra East local government area of the State have threatened that they will not allow herdsmen with cows that destroy their farms into their areas again. The communities warned that they will not tolerate cattle grazing on their land this dry season.
They fear that as the dry season comes ushering in limited amount of pasture for cattle grazing, Fulani herdsmen may fall back on their lands, which are located on the bank of Anambra River.
It was gathered that the threat by these communities, namely, Aguleri Otu, Mkpunando and Eziagulu Otu, to stop cattle grazing in their areas during the current dry season was made after their meeting at Aguleri Otu.
They said they were still recuperating from the alleged wounds of hardship, incessant threat to lives and colossal damage to their crops last dry season and so cannot tolerate further damage.
It was also learnt that the communities had in a communique issued after the meeting of Aguleri-Otu leaders of thought and attended by key traditional rulers, resolved never to allow the herdsmen return to their land.
The Igwes and the entire communities in Enugwu- Otu, Eziagulu-Otu and Mkpunando, in the interest of peace, called on the Anambra state Government and all relevant security agencies to warn the Fulani herdsmen to stay clear of their lands from this dry season, adding that they will not take it lightly if they see herdsmen with their destructive cattle on their farm lands.
They lamented the losses their people have suffered in the hands of Fulani herdsmen and regretted that their people who are predominantly farmers now buy food in the market because cattle of the herdsmen ate up whatever they planted on their farms.

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