Afikpo Women Protest Destruction Of Farm Produce By Herdsmen

…Call On FGN, State Govt. To Forestall Clashes

Abakaliki- Hundreds of women from four communities of Nkpoghoro, Ugwuegu, Ohaisu and Itim in Afikpo North L.G.A have taken to the streets of Afikpo town in Ebonyi state protesting destruction of their farm produce by herdsmen.l

They chanted songs, carried sticks in their hands, called on the state and federal governments to wade in to the matter before their people retaliated.

Their grievances were on alleged high rate of destruction of their farm produce by the Fulani herdsmen.

According to their spokes person, Madam Ogwu Idume, their rice and cassava farms, including streams which is the source of drinking water in the farm areas had beendestroyed, polluted.

“Several efforts have been made previously through discussions with the head of the Hausa and Fulani community in Afikpo with no results”, she stated.

The protesters went through Eke Market and the Local Government Council headquarters.

The Coordinator of Afikpo North L.GA Mrs Amuche Otunta Godwin calmed the women, stating that violence has never solved any problem, appreciated their peaceful protest and commended their courage and efforts but charged them to go home and stop further protest.

“As women in government we will approach the issue at the state level”.