By Chinonso Alozie
Owerri – Scores of farmers in Amakohia-ubi community in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, yesterday, fled on sighting Fulani herdsmen patrolling their farmlands.
This came less than a month after the herdsmen, who destroyedover 200 farms, left the community.
Vanguard spoke with President-General of the community, Mr. Cyril Ndumanya, in Owerri, who raised the alarm that the farmers are now living in fear over the return of the herdsmen to their community.
According to him, the herdsmen moved into the community at night, adding: “The situation in Amokohia-ubi community is that the people are not happy. Our people have developed fear, because of the return of the herdsmen.
“It will be recalled that Vanguard newspapers reported the invasion of our farmlands by the herdsmen. After that report, they left the community about August 19, but now they are back. I do not know what is their plan. We do not know what actually is in their minds.
“The youths are not happy and we are trying to calm them down. The situation is very critical. This time around they have extended to other parts of the community.
“This is a very serious situation. They entered into out community at night. They didn’t come in at daytime.
“You know that the damage they did the last time was enormous. We want the authorities to know that the herdsmen have taken over our farms. These people should be dealt with within the ambits of the law and we want them to leave our land.”
A woman who simply identified herself as Chinwe, said: “I could not stay long in my farm, because I saw one of the herdsmen holding something like a gun and a cutlass.”
Vanguard investigation revealed that the youths of the community have decided to drive the herdsmen away from their territory, on the ground that the herdsmen may be hostile to them.