Anambra loses N2bn to cattle menace annually

Sunday 22nd of May 2016

A community leader in Ekwulumili Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State, Chief Ebenezer Okoli, has called for the establishment of a special riot squad to check the excesses of Fulani herdsmen in the South-East zone.

Ebenezer, who made the call while addressing a press conference in Onitsha, said that statistics had shown that over N2 billion worth of crops and farmlands were destroyed by the Fulani herdsmen and their cattle in Anambra State alone annually.

He said President Muhammadu Buhari should set up a formidable force that would regulate the activities of the Fulani herdsmen in rural communities so as to mediate between them and the host communities and avert what happened in Ukpabi and Nimbo, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Areas of Enugu State recently.

He said: "We are prepared to defend our crops and farmlands from the devastating encroachment of the Fulani herdsmen in my community and we will not allow anybody or group of persons to enslave us in our own community."

Ebenezer, who is a revenue consultant, also applauded the donation made by Governor Willie Obiano to the missionary schools to sustain the educational standard in the state.

He said: "The N150 million he donated to the Anglican Communion and N1.5million to be distributed to other selected schools in the state under the present economic situation in the country has demonstrated Obiano's disposition to the yearnings and aspiration of the people of the state.

"The recent donation to the Anglican and Catholic churches has shown the doubting Thomas's that Obiano is not discriminatory. He is a generous man who has shown Anambra people that he has come to serve the people and not to rule them.

"I, therefore, want to use this opportunity to call on the people of Anambra State to support the governorís bid to return to the Government House Awka in 2018 Governorship election."