14 Communities protest suspected herdsmen killings, beg Governor to rescue them
Residents of 14 communities in Ovia South-West Local Government Area of Edo State have appealed to the state governor to rescue them from the terror of suspected herdsmen that has gripped their communities in recent times.
The people, who on Tuesday protested the alleged invasion, killing and destruction of their farmland by the herdsmen, urged the governor to mandate the security operatives in the state to flush out the bandits from their hideouts.
The communities, which include Okokhuo, Emah, Agemokpae, Iguohoro, Ugbokuli, Agekpanu, Okoghhon, Abumwere II, Ugboke, Ariyan, Okokodo, Oshodin, Iguogho and Igolo
Being under the auspices of ‘Save Ovia Group,’ the resident marched towards the premises of the state chapter of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to register their displeasure.
Their leader, Johnbull Ewaremi, while speaking during the protest, lamented that they have become refugees in their own land.
He said: “Lately, we have come under heavy attacks from herdsmen who came to sack the dwellers of some of the communities, burnt houses, destroyed household property, burnt farms and made their herds feed on our farm produce.
“As if these were not enough, they have continued their unwholesome mindlessness by killing, maiming, raping of innocent farmers who are out to seek daily bread.”
Receiving the protesters, Edo NUJ chairman, Festus Alenkhe, sympathised with them and called on the Edo State House of Assembly to expedite action on the anti-open-grazing bill before it to save the lives of the people of the state.