Imo community fears severe hunger over herdsmen’s destruction of farmlands

Scores of farmers in Umuepe kindred, Obosa- Assa in the Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State have protested against the alleged invasion and destruction of their farmlands by Fulani herdsmen.

The farmers, who spoke to our correspondent, said the menace of the Fulani herdsmen in their community had destroyed their crops and other farm produce.

According to the enraged farmers, all efforts they had made to make the Fulani herdsmen stop invading their farmlands had proved abortive.

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One of the victims, Clement Onuma, said, “ Fulani herdsmen has dealt with us in this community. Their continuous invasion of our farmlands with their herds is causing a lot of problem for us. As I speak to you, hunger is imminent in our community because they have continued to invade our farmlands.”

Farmer and the deputy head of Umuepe kindred, Nze Reuben Keruo, urged the government to stop the activities of the herdsmen in the community.

Another victim, Edwin Onyedikom said, “Fulani herdsmen have destroyed all my farmlands. I have no other means of livelihood. All efforts we made to stop the invasion had remained unsuccessful.”

Another farmer, Isaac Igbo asked the state government “to come to our rescue.”

But the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, said he was surprised that there were cases of herdsmen invasion in any community in the state.

He said, “The government had signed Memoranda of Understanding between farmers and herders which stopped clashes.”

Emelumba said he would investigate the latest incident with an assurance that it would be resolved.

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