April 29 2020 | The Biafra Telegraph

Report reaching us from our correspondent in Ohaozara Ajah Udoka Grace, have it that a young man, late Denis Nwaeke of Umueze 1 at Okposi Okwu in Ohaozara LGA, Ebonyi state was murdered by the Fulani herdsmen on 21st April, 2020 at following the fracas between the herdsmen and some village youths within Esu River in Umunuka Okposi Ohaozara LGA.

An eye witness who was identified as Ndubuisi Nwani Ngbani confirmed to our correspondent, that  the body of the deceased victim was found in the bush near the Esu River on 24th April 2020, three days after the villagers had an issue with the Fulani  herdsmen in the area, for attacking a commercial boat operator at Esu  River who was hired by a Fulani herder to cross him to where they camped within the other side of the river,  which  refused to pay him the agreed amount of money for the boat fare, instead resort to attacking him.

The fracas between the herder and the commercial boat operator attracted the attention of the sharp sand mining workers, that hustle for their daily bread at the river who tried to settle the matter amicably for both of them, but could not succeed due to the urgent intervention of the other herdsmen inside the bush which came shooting sporadically immediately they were telephoned by their brother over the matter.

Efforts made by the people was proved abortive as a result of the pressure from the gunshot.

When contacted the king of the community, Chief Benjamin Ogbonna alerted the Nigeria police who came very late to the scene of the incident and could not do much to calm the situation, till it resulted to the killing of the deceased and injuring of some persons.

The Ohaozara LGA chairperson, lady Nkechi Iyioku since the incident has not said or done anything to bring the perpetrators to book or return total tranquillity to the area.

Some indigent of the affected community has scampered for their safety since there is no meaningful efforts by the Nigeria security to address the matter suitably.

Many who spoke with our correspondent in the on the matter, expressed their dissatisfaction on how the Nigeria police and the politicians in the area especially those in active service are handling the matter with lackadaisical approach. They maintained that they have lost confidence in Nigeria government and her leadership, for playing partiality and politics of favouritism to the Fulani herdsmen and the northern cabals.

It was confirmed beyond reasonable doubt, that the politicians and the police are working to protect the Fulani herdsmen, that have destroyed people's farms and other Agricultural investments of the people with their cattle, Agriculture both farming and fishing are mainly the means of their income and livelihood in the community.

Often times their farms are being destroyed yet no damages paid to the Farmers by the cattlemen or any form of compensation from the government.

Written by:
Ogeh Friday Igiri
For: Ebonyi State Media
Edited by:
Ajah Udoka Grace
For: Ebonyi State Media

Published by:
Chibuike John Nebeokike
For: Ebonyi State Media

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