Residents of 10 communities in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State have lamented the destruction of their farmlands by suspected herdsmen.
The affected people say the destruction had become a daily occurrence for sometime as Igbo Union blames south east government and accuse them of insensitivity.
Former chairman of Awka North Local Government Area, Chief Shedrack Anakwue said yesterday that the herdsmen’s menace in the area was becoming increasingly worrisome, adding that the action had led to astronomical rise in the prices of agricultural produce which is the main source of income for the people of the area.
According to him, the herdsmen had left many families in pitiable situation as their source of livelihood, which is their farmlands, had been totally destroyed.
Following the activities of these herdsmen, Igbo Union, an organisation of citizens and residents of Igbo extraction in the United States of America, has blamed the South East governors over the rising attacks by killer herdsmen in the zone. The group accused the governors of being insensitive to the murderous activities of the herdsmen.
Anakwue also went ahead to accuse the leadership of one of the communities of allegedly striking a ‘deal’ with the herdsmen, thereby allowing them to operate unhindered in the community.
He said: “When you confront the herdsmen, they tell you that they have settled the leaders of the community.”
Meanwhile, the South East government has come out to lay off the accusation placed on them by the Igbo Union, saying the accusations are false and that they are working to float regional security network in addition to other measures being put in place to safeguard the zone.
Reacting to the accusation, the Director, Media and Communication of the South East Governors’ Forum, Michael Ike Udah said that contrary to the position of Igbo Union, USA, “the South East governors are as committed to the welfare of Ndigbo and other law-abiding Nigerians as ever.