15 communities claim herdsmen are raping women, children
On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, the members of the communities alleged that herdsmen were raping their wives and children.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting of the people of the area, the spokesperson for the communities, Chukwudi Ugochukwu, added that the herdsmen allowed their cows to graze on farms, thereby destroying people’s livelihoods.
Ugochukwu he also alleged that women and girls had been raped on their way to their farms.
He said, “We live along the boundary with Imo State by Arondizuogu. All the farmlands there have been devastated by the herdsmen. Some of our women have been raped on the farmlands but they refused to talk so that they will not be stigmatised. The entire Umunze is under threat.”
He said no fewer than 20 of such cases had being recorded, adding that he would not go beyond for fear of stigmatising the victims.
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