Monday, 12 February 2018

Fulani Herdsmen: Itigidi thrown in disarray as one feared dead, many injured

Fulani Herdsmen attack
| 13 February 2018 | Ukorebi Esien

Unconfirmed reports reaching our news desk has it that an APC councillorship aspirant has been shot dead in Itigidi, Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State over what seems to be a disagreement between Fulani herdsmen, the locals in the community and men of the Nigerian Police Force. Thedailynewsng reports. 

According to an eyewitness who pleaded anonymity, the herdsmen who alleged that one of their cows was shot dead by persons suspected to be youths in the area, confronted the youths and this resulted in huge crisis which attracted security personnel from nearby Ugep, Yakurr Local government Area, who swiftly moved in to put the situation under control by arresting and detaining some youths and elders from Itigidi.

Another eyewitness, Evalsam Ifere told thedailynewsng that the youths of Itigidi community took to the street to protest what he termed 'The illegal' arrest and detention of their chiefs and youth president, it was in the process of the protest that the police allegedly opened fire on the unharmed protesting youths and this resulted to the death of an APC councillorship aspirant. 

 ‘Itigidi, a community in Abi LGA of cross river state has been thrown in disarray as peaceful protest been carried out by the youth of the community in respect to the illegal detention of their chiefs and the youth president.
 …during the demonstration, the police opened fire on the unharmed youth which has led to the death of one of her illustrious son who happens to be an APC councillorship aspirate and injured many. Itigidi is in tears all we need is Justice’. Evalsam reported
But unconfirmed sources have it that the youths tried to disarm the security agents.
As we report, Itigidi, the hometown of former Cross River State governor, Liyel Imoke, is in disarray as indigenes of the area appear to have sworn that the herdsmen cannot destroy their farmland and be responsible for the death of an indigene of the area.

 In Ediba, another community close to Itigidi, one prominent indigene who spoke with, late Monday night, maintained that "we are alert because these herdsmen seemingly have no regard for our land and crops. They think they have a right over our land and can take their cows anywhere. What has just happened in Itigidi is a pointer to this fact. We hope the government can swiftly wade into this matter or those of us in neighbouring communities will have to forcefully stand up for ourselves, against these strangers with no regard for communities where their cows graze."