There is tension in Umudium village in Umumbo community, Ayamelum Local Government Area, over the alleged killing of 45-year old Mr Ekwunife Echim Okolo by Fulani herdsmen in the area.
The traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Simeon Chidubem, who disclosed this ugly incident in his palace at Umumbo, maintained that there is no day a case of attack, molestation of underage children, men, women and sexual abuse by the Fulani herdsmen is not reported in his kingdom.
He noted that the herdsmen who attacked the young man at his farm were roaming round farms without their cattle searching for the villagers to attack, hack or kill with their sophisticated guns and other dangerous weapons.
Igwe Chidubem, who stated that another victim is now receiving treatment at Iyienu Hospital, Nkpor, noted that the case has been reported to the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Anaku Police divisional headquarters.
He recalled that the same Fulani herdsmen, in February this year, killed one Mr Nwogbo Okafor at his farm, alongside another unidentified person who was also allegedly killed by the Fulani herdsmen while a lot of others were reported missing.
He said that the community has before now, written, “Save our soul letter” to the Anambra State Commissioner of Police in Awka, bringing to his notice the wanton attack, hacking and killing of people of the community as well as the deliberate destruction of their farm produce such as rice, cassava, yam, okuru and maize by the Fulani herdsmen in the area.
The traditional ruler who said that the community would always toe the path of peace, appealed to the police and other security agencies in the state to urgently come to the aid of the community and rescue them from the menace of the Fulani herdsmen. He commended the effort of the police and the Department of State Security at Anaku since the incident started in the area.
Governor Willie Obiano, worried over the situation, had called on the security agencies in the state to protect the innocent farmers, appealing to herdsmen through the Hausa Community in the state to live cordially with their hosts.