- Ohanaeze Ndigbo has reacted to the recent herdsmen attacks in the southeastern part of the country
- The apex socio-cultural organization while condemning the attacks called on Igbos to protect themselves
- The group noted that it had become important for people to defend themselves following the rise in the number of attacks
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Following the reported killing of a 65-year-old farmer in Imo state by suspected herdsmen, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has condemned the menace in reaction to his death.
In a report by Sahara Reporters, the group made this known in a statement by Emeka Attama, the media aide to Chief Nnia Nwodo, the president-general, and Prince Uche Achi-Ogbaga, the publicity secretary of the group.
The Igbo apex body while condemning the killing of Uzoemena Iriaka in his farm in Umuekpu, Agwa, Oguta council area of Imo state by suspected herdsmen called on Igbos to defend themselves as the killing was becoming rampant.
Ohanaeze lamented that following the attacks in their lands Ndigbos have been pushed to the wall and they have no other option than to rise and face the insecurity.
The Igbo group warned that they would no longer watch while innocent people are being killed in farms and rap*d in their homes. They urged Ndigbo people to rise up and take every measure to protect and defend themselves.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a group, Igbo National Congress (INC) launched a regional security network for the protection of the south-east forests and farmlands.
The INC says the network was set-up to prevent the murder and maiming of local Igbo farmers by marauding armed herdsmen.
The group also disclosed that the security outfit will be called ‘Operation Lion Walk.’ INC national president Godsent Chilos unveiled the security network on Monday, June 15 during a press briefing.
According to him, the decision due to the seeming failure of southeast governors to establish a regional vigilante force.
In a related development, on Sunday, June 14, suspected herdsmen killed at least nine farmers in Agatu local government area of Benue state.
Suleiman Usman Alilu, chairman of the local government area, confirmed that farmers were killed during the attack.
The chairman explained that the herdsmen stormed Adana village as early as about 5:30 am when residents were just getting up and attacked the locals.
Alilu added that immediately he got the call that a community was under attack, he called Lt. Col. Paul Hemba, the chief security adviser to the governor and commander of the military contingent in Agatu.
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