Ohanaeze raises fresh alarm over killings by herdsmen

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Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday, raised fresh alarm over killings and destruction of farmlands by herdsmen.

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In an address he presented at the 2016 Igbo Day celebration in Enugu, President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Enwo Igariwey, condemned violent attacks on communities and killings of residents by the herdsmen.

It warned that the entire vegetation of the southeast risked become totally depleted if the Federal Government maintained silence on the matter.

The development comes as the police in Enugu said they have commenced investigations into the abduction of three Catholic priests on Tuesday in Nsukka Local Government Area.

Meanwhile, a non-governmental organisation, Human Rights Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has petitioned the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, over attacks by armed Fulani men on local farmers, and other extra-judicial killings in Nigeria.

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Igariwey, whose speech was presented by his deputy, Chief Ogochukwu Onyema, called on the Federal Government to end the menace.

Igariwey, whose speech was presented by his deputy, Chief Ogochukwu Onyema, called on the Federal Government to “to stop the conflict resulting from the activities of these suspected Fulani herdsmen. People are losing patience and may engage in self-help, to ward off trespassers on their farmlands.”

In a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, the group said it was compelled to drag the Federal Government to the ICC because the administration had stood by and watched “without the Nigerian government deploying the military to treat these mass killers as terrorists, even when most crime rating agencies around the world viewed armed Fulani herdsmen as the second deadliest terror group in Nigeria.”

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