Ebonyi women protest rape of 70-year-old woman by Fulani Herdsman

by on March 24, 2017
Aggrieved women of Isu in Onicha Local Govern­ment Area of Ebonyi State have protested raping of a 70-years-old widow by a suspected Fulani herdsman.
The women, who car­ried placards with dif­ferent inscriptions, took their protest to Abaka­liki, the state capital.
They urged the state government to check the excesses of the herds­men, who they accused of destroying their farm­lands, crops and other property.
They alleged that one of the herdsmen raped a 70-year-old widow to coma.
Their action paralysed commercial activities in Abakaliki as they bar­ricaded the major busi­ness areas such as Fatil­ami Park and Ezza Road.
According to the dem­onstrators, the herdsman sneaked into the widow’s house and raped her to coma at gunpoint.
Their leader, Mrs. Florence Okoro, claimed that the herdsmen have been raping them and their daughters at gun­point.
She accused the herdsmen of carting away their food items and other belongings.
Okoro alleged that the hands and legs of the rape victim were broken in the process and ap­pealed to the state gov­ernment and security agencies to rescue them.
Addressing the pro­testers, the Attorney-General and Com­missioner for Justice, Augustine Nwankwegu, condemned the rape of the woman and the de­struction of the farm­lands by the herdsmen.
Nwankwegu assured them that the govern­ment would take de­cisive action against the perpetrators of the crimes.

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