The people of Igbodo Kingdom, especially farmers, have raised the alarm over the invasion of their farmland by suspected herdsmen of Fulani extraction, warning that if nothing was urgently done, they may resort to self help.
Speaking with journalists during the week, the Acting President-General Igbodo Development Union (IDU), Mr. Peter Igah lamented the menace of Fulani herdsmen in Igbodo which according to him was unbecoming and total unacceptable.
According to him, “We can’t imagine living with fear in our own community. The invasion of Igbodo farmlands by the herdsmen portends grave consequences for every member of our community for the fact that it’s an agrarian community.
The Fulani herdsmen are no longer distant story for all, but an ugly reality going by the recent invasion of our farmlands and consequently destroying of farmlands and crops worth millions of Naira.
“The most painful aspect of it was the setting ablaze people’s farmland that’s nearly to harvesting. The lives of our people are threatened because those who saw the Fulani herdsmen said they were armed to the teeth with guns and other sophisticated weapons.
Mr. Igah stated that despite several complains to security agencies, concerned bodies amidst several meetings that none have yielded result, appealing to the state governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to stop the potential peace threat and restore security in the land by asking the herdsmen to steer clear of their farmlands.
He reminded Governor Okowa to know that if the excesses of herdsmen not curtailed could cause impending famine and hunger in the state.
Mr. Peter Iga
HRM Osedume I, the Obi of Igbodo