700 Igbo towns in 10 states taken over by herdsmen – Intersociety
By Phil Okose, Onitsha
No fewer than 700 Igbo communities in 10 states of the country have reportedly been taken over by the dreaded Fulani herdsmnen as their settlements.
The chairman of International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, Intersociety, Nze Emeka Umeagbalasi, made this disclosure to newsmen in Onitsha, Anambra state last Sunday.
According to him the states include, Anambra, Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Rivers, Delta, Edo, Benue and Kogi.
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He stated that, “these states are presently being threatened or permanently occupied by armed government backed jihadist Fulani herdsmen thereby giving rise to unprovoked constant attack to the Igbo residents of such communities”
The Intersociery boss stated that, “Enugu state tops the list with 117 communities, followed by Anambra with 101 while Imo has 68.
Ebonyi has 59 and Abia 52, it is 104 in the ancestorial domain and it must be remembered that the first attempt at aggregating and congregating the number of communal locations threatened by the Fulani jihadist herdsmen in Igbo land was made in August 2019 by the Eastern Outlook newspaper and leadership of Alaigbo Foundation.”
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“Then it was reported that jihadist Fulani had taken over 139 villages in Igbo land in May 2020, Intersociety made its findings and found out that the number increased by 350 as at the same month and 400 in June 2020.”
“They are over 40 Fulani Jihadists in Ogbaru area that comprises three local government areas, Idemili North, Ekwusigo and Ogbaru local government areas.”
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“Residents of those communities occupied by Fulani jihadists are under serious threat. They are vulnerable to attack.”