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Women Protest Alleged Attack By Fulani Herdsmen In Delta State

On Thursday, women in Okpara-Inland in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State protested the incessant attacks on them and destroyed their farmlands by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

They appealed to the Delta State and Federal Government to come to their rescue.

The women, who embarked on a peaceful protest around the major roads of lsiokolo, headquarters of the local government area grounded commercial activities as they dropped the leaves at the gate of the palace of the traditional ruler of Agbon Kingdom, the President-General’s house and local government secretariat.

The women said: “We have suffered humiliation in the hands of the Fulani herdsmen. They rape and force us to drink herbicides which we use on clearing our farmlands. We have complained several times to our leaders, but they do not respond because they might have collected money from the herdsmen.

A victim of the herdsmen’s attack, Mama Roseline Idolor said: “I met the Fulani herdsmen and their cows were destroying my cassava, yams, groundnuts, corn and potatoes on my farm. I pleaded with them not to destroy the crops and they said the land belongs to them because they have paid for it.

The leader of the women, Mama Victoria Eghagha advised that anyone who has collected money from the herdsmen should go and collect his money and retrieve their land from the herdsmen because they don’t want Fulani herdsmen in their community.

When contacted, His Royal Majesty, Ogurime-rime, Ovie of Agbon Kingdom, Ukori I, JP said the allegations by the protesters that money was collected from the Fulani herdsmen as the exchange of land was not true, pointing out that the kingdom has no personal land that should be given to herdsmen and that these allegations are false.

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