Community takes corpse to Oji River Local Government Hqtrs as Council Chairman promises action.
Suspected Fulani herdsmen have again killed a farmer in Oji River Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The deceased, whose name was given as Eugene Anayo.Iloabana was killed by herdsmen at Amamkpunato in Achi area of the local government Tuesday.
Iloabana's corpse was taken to Oji River Local Government headquarters by his family members who were obviously angry over the alleged unprovoked murder of their relation by the Fulani herdsmen.
Wife of the traditional ruler of Amankpunato Lady Chinyere Gbugu who spoke during a protest at the Oji River Local Government said “the deceased left for his farm on Monday,June 29, 2020, but did not come back alive.
"He went to his farm on Monday but unfortunately, his family did not see him return by the usual evening time.
"After futile anticipation of his return from the farm, his family members alerted the neighbours and the relatives and this gave rise to the emergency search in the farmland, where they found the lifeless body of Anayo Iloabana.”
Lady Gbugu who led the community on the peaceful protest visit with the corpse of the murdered farmer, said the killing was the second in the community by suspected herdsmen.
She further reitersted that the community had two weeks ago, alerted the security operatives on the incessant invasion of their farmlands by herdsmen who destroyed their crops and farmland with their cattle.
Reacting to the incident, the Chairman of Oji River Local Government Area, Frank Udemezue consoled the family of the deceased, promising the community as well as the people of the entire Oji River local council that action would be taken over the matter.
“This is the time to engage our brains in strategies that would ensure the best ways to avert a repeat of this ugly incident in Oji River. The death of our brother Eugene must never be swept under the carpet."
Udemezue further said he would not sit by and watch foreigners dislodge Oji River people from Oji River and promised to do everything within his power to ensure that this incident did not repeat itself again in the local government.
He, however, advised the youths to sheat their swords and avoid taking laws into their hands, pointing out that he would meet with various security agencies to ensure nothing like that happened again in the area.
“The Governor will be informed so that we can quickly save our dear populace who depend mainly on farming as their means of livelihood,” he added.