OrderPaperToday – Following rising unease over the activities of herdsmen in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA) of Rivers State, the State House of Assembly has called on the state Police command to wade into the matter and ensure that crisis do not erupt between the herdsmen and the people of the area.
This followed a motion brought before it by the member representing ONELGA Constituency II, Mr. Nathaniel Uwaji, who said the motion came on the heels of recent clashes with herdsmen, and the killing of a young man in Egbema by suspected herdsmen.
Uwaji said the Fulani herdsmen have been in his constituency from time immemorial but noted that from few years back, they started to change their character and begin to behave abnormal.
He said: “As a matter of fact, my people are no longer comfortable with their behavior, such that last week, we lost a man from Egbema. He was (suspected to have been) killed by these people. As I speak, the man is still at the mortuary.
“We feel that the only way is by the prayers that I have told the House, believing that the DPO and the local government chairman would be able to call them to order”
Uwaji lamented that due to the situation, his constituents found it difficult harvesting their crops. “As I speak, I don’t think anybody was able to harvest any crop in my constituency last farming season,” he said, adding that “if the herdsmen are not stopped. I wonder what will happen.”
The speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Ikuinyi Owaji Ibani, called for urgent attention and solution to clashes between herdsmen and local communities in parts of the state.
“It is a problem that we should not allow to happen in the state. It is my prayer, and the prayer of this House, that what we have been hearing that happened in other states, where innocent lives were lost as a result of the activities of herdsmen, we should not allow to