Commercial activities were disrupted in Abakili, the capital of Ebonyi State after women from the Isu community in Onicha Local Government Area

South East News reports that the women who carried placards with different inscriptions such as ‘Fulanis have destroyed all our crops and polluted our rivers and ponds’,  ‘Fulanis have humiliated us’, among others, were angry after the herdsman raped the widow until she went into a coma.

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The Ebonyi women protesting Fulani herdsmen rape

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The leader of the protesters, Florence Okoro, who spoke on what they have been going through in the hands of the herdsmen, said the suspect sneaked into the old widow’s house while she was preparing her evening meal and brutally raped her.

Okoro added that the hands and legs of the old widow were broken in the process, appealing to the state government and security agencies to protect their women.

The state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Augustine Nwankwegu, who addressed the women, the condemned the rape of the widow and the destruction of farmlands by herdsmen and assured the protesters that the government would take action against the perpetrators of the crime.

He told them that the Governor, David Umahi had directed that the culprits be fished out and prosecuted.

“The Governor has heard this and asked me to look for a way to catch the rapist so that he would be punished accordingly.

We have gone to the police and they told us they were on the way to bring him (rapist) to Abakaliki.

I’m promising you that by Monday, he would be arraigned in court. You will come and see him because what he has done is wrong.”

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The protesting Ebonyi women being addressed by the Commissioner of Justice

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The Chief of Staff in the Government House, Emmanuel Okorie, who also condemned the activities of the herdsmen in the area, said:

“It’s annoying that Fulani herdsmen, instead of taking care of their cattle, are touching you.  What is expected to be done for you to be happy, our governor will do it.”