- The Ebonyi state government has been accused of ignoring the cries of herdsmen
- Cattle rearers in the state have claimed that they are killed and persecuted with no intervention from the government
- As a result of this, the herders have said that most of them will be leaving the state in no time
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Herdsmen in Ebonyi have cried out over what they recently described as oppression from natives and the state government's nonchalance to address the issue.
In fact, the herders alleged that they are being daily killed and persecuted why the government is turning a blind eye.
Some of the cattle rearers who spoke with BBC Hausa on Wednesday, January 6, claimed that at least 21 of their members were killed in 2020 with countless houses razed completely.
They added that most of the herders in the state are being wrongly accused of destroying farmlands through their cattle's grazing.
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One of them who opened up on this without mentioning his name revealed that these developments have forced the herders to seriously consider leaving the state soon.
“Not long ago, they came back and killed two of our cows. Following that, we have been receiving threats that they will come and burn our houses after they did that to our brothers in another community.
“As a result of that, we are living in fear. Whenever we go out, our families are jittery of attack. That (is) the reason we are relocating. We are many, I can’t give (an) exact number of those relocating.
“In Ebonyi state in 2020, 21 herders were killed and we cannot account for the number of cows that have been killed and no attack goes unreported to the police and most of the deaths that occurred, its the police that use to retrieve the corpse.
Earlier, Dave Umahi, governor of Ebonyi had described as fake the video circulating that Fulani herdsmen were being chased out of the southeastern state.
The governor made this reaction on Monday, January 4, and ordered the prompt arrest of people behind the circulation of the old fake video.
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