Enugu Men Divorce Wives Raped By Fulani Herdsmen


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The Eke Town Union in Udi Local
Government Area of Enugu State
has decried the increasing rate
of divorce occasioned by alleged
rape from suspected herdsmen.
The town union’s President- General, Mr. Anthony Enu, spoke
about the issue when he testified
in the commission of inquiry into
the killing of people in Nimbo
community on Monday.
Enu said that the situation had become scandalous because no
man would take in a woman
who had been messed up by
suspected herdsmen. “The herdsmen are
consistently raping our
women and daughters
infecting them with serious
diseases thereby causing
indirect divorce in our communities,” he said.
“If my wife is messed up by
the herdsmen, why should I
take her in again? This will
mean that what is holding her
will hold me.” According to him, communities
in the area have had their fair
share of attack by the cattle
breeders, adding that no fewer
than 10 people had died as a
result. Enu recounted how three
residents of Ogui village,
Iloafonsi Ofokansi, Aniago Egbo
and Josephat Maduweke, were
killed in cold blood by suspected
herdsmen in 2002. He said, “Mr. Isreal Eneje was
working on his farm with his
daughter when the cattle
breeders took their animals to
his farm. He protested and told
them to go away and they ended up killing him.
“They have killed many of
our people in the past and in
each case we report to the
police station at 9th Mile.
“The herdsmen are now assuming to be landlords and
have been harassing our
people. They should leave our
communities in peace.” Meanwhile, the Agu Umabor
Town Union in Nsukka Local
Government Area has said that it
is opposed to the creation of
grazing reserves in their area.
The Secretary of the union, Mr. Livinus Odo, said this when he
testified in the tribunal on their
activities of the suspected
herdsmen in the area.
Odoh appealed to the South-East
caucus in the National Assembly to give a block opposition to the
legitimisation of any form of
grazing bill.
“They should vacate our
communities because we don’t
have enough farmland not to talk of the one for grazing. The
herdsmen have committed
atrocities in our communities
and it has been a difficult time for
our people and we appeal to the
government to save us from this menace,” he said.
He narrated the experience of
one Nnabuike Odo, a commercial
motoryclists, who on May 10,
2016, was almost killed because
he made a comment, which some herdsmen found offensive.
“They shot at him but he was so
fortunate to escape their
bullets,” Odo said.
“We have abandoned a
particular road leading to our community because of them. My
people have abandoned
agriculture because of the
herdsmen and we are helpless.”
The Chairman of the panel,
Justice Chukwuma Eneh, said that the commission would
accommodate all complaints and
forward same to the state
government.
“We will accommodate your
story in our report and see if the government will do something
to help you,” Eneh said.