‘Stop Destroying Our Crops or Else’… Anambra community warns herdsmen

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Okwudili Odunze, Awka

UFUMA in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State has warned Fulani herdsmen to stop destroying crops and farm prod- ucts in the community and its environs, or should be ready
to meet strong resistance.

President General of Ufuma Development Union (UDU), Basil Onwunze, gave the warning in a chat with Nigeria Daily, yesterday.
The town union leader, who said herdsmen could be allowed to express their fun- damental rights by moving freely through the communi- ty, however declared that the community would not fold its hands and watch herders go
into their farmers to destroy their investments.

“Ufuma people are not trou- ble makers. We are not ready to carry arms with anybody, not even herdsmen. However, cattle is their own investment and crop is our own invest- ment. Somebody should not allow his investment to destroy another man’s investment. “Therefore, herdsmen should not allow their cattle to destroy our crops. They should stick to the agreement they had with Anambra State government by not destroying
farmers’ crops,” he said. In a related development, the president general has refuted a rumour circulating in sections of the media that a woman farmer in the com- munity was forced by herds- men to drink insecticide, and
subsequently died

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