Scores of youths from Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra
State on Monday protested against the alleged raping of women in the area by suspected Fulani herdsmen .
The youths from Anam and Igala communities also alleged that Fulani herdsmen had killed and maimed some people in the area .
The placard- carrying protesters , who converged on Umueze Anam Bridge , vowed to resist further attacks by the herdsmen .
They said , “ How can they be raping our mothers , wives and sisters in our presence almost on a daily basis? Enough is enough. ”
Some of their placards read , “ Silent killing of our people by Fulani herdsmen on the farms and our villages are still going on” , “We are running out of patience with the violent activities of Fulani herdsmen in Anambra West ”, “Pushing us to the wall will bring mayhem” , enough of the killing of our people ” , “Police and Army are only protecting herdsmen while they are killing our people ”.
They called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Willie Obiano to intervene.
Spokesman for the group , Odikpo Madubueze , said , “ We are just respecting Governor Obiano that is why we have not confronted these herdsmen .
If they continue what they are doing , we will confront them and it will be bloody and we ’ re sure at the end of the clash no herdsman will ever come to Anambra West again. ”
He added , “We are disappointed that the government is paying lip service to this issue.
The visitors will come here to rape our mothers , wives , sisters , attack and kill our people . We can no longer tolerate these .
“ Obiano should intervene now ; we do not want to create any embarrassing situation for him , but we expect him to act now .
“We do not want to take the law into our own hands , but the federal and Anambra state governments should not allow us to engage in violence ; they (herdsmen ) have humiliated us enough and many of our people who are predominantly farmers have abandoned their farms.
“ We cannot run away from our farms and villages because of people we decided to accommodate to do their cattle business . ”