10 September 2016

Nigeria: Leave Our Land, Enugu Community Tells Fulani Herdsmen, Demands N100m Compensation

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ENUGU-FOLLOWING the recent attack by Fulani herdsmen on Ndiagu, Attakwu Akegbe, Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State, August 25, 2016 at which two people were killed and three others seriously wounded from machete cuts, the Community has pleaded with the Federal Government, Enugu State Government as well as the security agencies to come to their aid and drive away the unwelcome visitors.

"I am calling on the Federal Government, National Assembly, Enugu State Government that we are in trouble.

"They came to our place without giving us anything. I have never collected anything from them. We are no longer safe. I am begging so that you people will help us. Please help us, foreigners should not sack us from our land. Let them leave us for some other place," traditional ruler of Attakwu Community, Igwe Gregory Ugwu begs.

Igwe Ugwu made the call Thursday while testifying at the judicial commission of inquiry set up by Gov. Ugwuanyi for the Nimbo massacre and also for the Attakwu crisis.

The traditional ruler who lamented the inversion of his community by herdsmen and subsequently killing two and injuring others said that though money cannot replace their lost relatives, demanded that his community be paid one hundred million naira compensation, N100,000, 000.00 from the Hausa-Fulani community.

Igwe Ugwu told the Commission that while they are still living in fear after the inversion, another source of fear has gripped the land because fierce looking soldiers have invaded their place and they don't know if they are real soldiers or fake.

Ugwu said that after the incident, police men were drafted to the area but wondered why soldiers, too should besiege their land.

"I am surprised how army came to our place whereas police was deployed to the place since the incident happened,"Igwe Ugwu laments.

The traditional ruler while asking that the Fulanis vacate their land said that for 16 years they had sojourned in their community, have been destroying their farmland, raping their women and fouling the stream but they have never attacked them and wondered why the herdsmen should molest them.

"I am telling the Commission that they came to my community for about 16 years. I became Igwe in 2003. In 1999, because of the way they have been behaving, former Igwe Onovo wrote them and asked them to pack from their land but they refused till this day.

Also testifying at the commission, an indigene of Attakwu Community, Christopher Igwesi narrated how the herdsmen invaded the community in the wee hours of August 25, 2016, to wreck havoc on their community.

Igwesi said that it was an unprovoked attack because the previous day, a woman chased cows from her land and the herds men swore to deal with her and that was how they were invaded.

Lending credence to the traditional ruler's call, Igwesi, too pleaded that the government should help them chase away the herdsmen.

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