Herdsmen started raping our women, destroying farms in 2015 – Abia monarch.
A former chairman of Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRM, Eze John Onuoha Akaliro, has cleared the air that he was not detained by the state Commissioner of Police, Jane Agbede.
However, the royal father disclosed that though Ozuitem people did not kill any Fulani cow, the community women were raped, others had their fingers chopped off and farm crops destroyed by the Fulani herdsmen.
The Obasiukwu 1 of Umuobasiukwu Kingdom in Bende LGA stated this on Thursday at his palace while narrating the ugly experience of his community to RPTVBLOGS.
He explained that the Fulani herdsmen before 2015 lived in peace with Ozuitem people, but regretted that after 2015, the herders became violent, destroying farms and rendering the local farmers poor with no harvest.
According to him, his community, being a peaceful one, wrote series of letters to the police and the Department of State Services on the activities of the Fulani herdsmen in his kingdom, which the two security agencies are aware of.
He added that penultimate Monday, the herdsmen had agreed to pay farmers compensation, only for his subjects to be invited by the CP and detained for five days.
Few hours to the compensation to be paid by the said Fulani, some cows belonging to the Fulani were allegedly killed somewhere in Bende area which he said, was not carried out by his Ozuitem subjects.
The royal father, however, expressed regret that five youths were detained by the the Abia State Police Command for five days.
He demanded an end to open and night grazing in his community in line with Abia State Government’s anti-grazing law, for a lasting peace and economic survival of his subjects to be sustained.