The agrarian people of Umumbo community in Ayamelum Local Government Area of Anambra state have cried out to Governor Willie Obiano to rescue them from what they termed bondage of herdsmen in the area.
They said they decided to report this matter to Obiano because they have been holding their youths from going on rampage against the herdsmen for over a period of time, while the herdsmen themselves are still busy unleashing terror on their people by raping their women and robbing law abiding citizens.
President-General of Umumbo Town Union, Chief Tony Nnaamah who spoke at the commissioning ceremony of JOSAN Giant Rice Mills, a subsidiary of Joseph Agro Industries Limited located at Umumbo, begged Obiano to intervene and caution the herdsmen before the youths in the area would be let loose.
Nnaamah lamented that indigenes of the community who are predominantly farmers, usually watch helplessly as the herdsmen’s cattles eat up their growing farm produce in many acres of farmlands without considering the plight of the farmers, warning that if the trend continues, he might no longer guarantee the continued quietude of the youths in the area.
Also speaking to newsmen on the issue, the traditional ruler of Umumbo, Igwe Simeon Chidubem gave instances of where the herdsmen waylaid a woman on her way to the farmland, dispossessed her of her phone, huge sums of money she just collected from a monthly group contribution and other personal effects and even wanted to rape her before they saw a motorcyclist coming towards their direction and they jumped into the bush and fled.