Herdsmen Attack: Farmers Take Protest To House Of Assembly, Demand Justice

BENIN CITY – Farmers in Egor, Ova and Useh communities yesterday protested to the Edo state House of Assembly to seek an end to the endless destruction of crops and lives of farmers in their communities by the rampaging Fulani herdsmen.
The protesting farmers complained that their lives are no more safe as they are daily threatened by the activities of these herders who invade their farms with their cattle.
According to the protesters, their coming to the House of Assembly was occasioned by the fact that their earlier complaint to the Police, Enogie and Odionweres of their communities yielded no result.
They said the leaders of the Fulani herdsmen refused to answer the summon served on them by the leaders of the affected communities.
Speaking on behalf of the protesting farmers, Madam Stella Enoghayin Osagie said that the incessant attacks on farmers in their communities has taken another dimension as the farmers can no longer go to their farmlands.
She said that it became imperative for the farming communities to approach the legislature in other to seek effective and proactive measures to address the wanton killings by the herdsmen.
In her words: “we are here this morning at the state House of Assembly to inform you that our lives are no longer safe in our respective communities. Herdsmen have taken over our farmlands, destroying crops, raping our women and killing our farmers.
“Our security agencies in the state are incapacitated in the fight against herdsmen attacks thereby leaving the people to resort to other means defending ourselves.
“We don’t want to resort to taking up arms to defend our lives as this could lead to a breakdown of law and order invariably plunging the state into anarchy.
“We appeal to you to use your good office to come to our rescue before the herdsmen completely eliminate each and everyone of us in the farming communities”, Madam Stella noted.
In the same vein, another member of the protesting farmers, who simply identified himself as Mr. Amadin, said their lives are no longer safe as their means of livelihood are being destroyed by the Fulani herdsmen.
He said their complaint to the various authorities have yielded no result.
“We decided to come and meet with our representative in the House of Assembly to tell them the problem we are facing in our communities since our earlier complaint to the Police, Enogie and Odionweres yielded no result,” he said, adding that “the leaders of the Fulani herdsmen have refused to answer the summon served on them by the leaders of our communities.”
In his response, the speaker of the house, Rt. Hon. Kabiru Adjoto said that government was deeply concerned about the worrisome nature of the attack on farmers by herdsmen in the state. He said that as a House it will reach out to the state governor with a view to amicably resolving the problems.
The speaker who thanked the protesting farmers for organizing themselves peacefully and not resorting to picking up arms said that as a government it was bothered about the security of lives and property hence it will seek effective measures to address the farmers and herdsmen crisis in the state.

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