Farming communities in Abaji and Kwali have sounded the alarm that strange herdsmen are invading the FCT on a daily bases and that most of these ‘invaders’ are armed.
One of the leaders in Kwali, simply identified as Baba said that his community is living in fear as it was suspicious that they have an agenda that is not well known to the community.
Speaking in Hausa, Baba said: “Every day armed Fulanis come into Abuja in trailers, some of them when they enter into people’s farm, they eat up the crops. One villager complained, they killed him, now we are living in fear. As I speak there are no yams in Kwali where traders used to come and buy in bulk, no guinea corn, no millet because of Fulani invasion.”
One of the men who communicated in English identified three types of Fulanis, he identified those who have lived with and among them who are peaceful, he identified the other to be those roaming; who keep moving, destroying crops along, while the third group are those who come with the intention of causing harm, bearing weapons and killing or injuring farmers and natives.
In other parts of the FCT, residents of Abuja @ 30 Estate at Kuje Area Council have tales of woe as they allege that the dilapidated road into the estate have become notorious for Fulani herdsmen activities, making the road terribly unsafe.
A victim of a recent attack by the herdsmen at the road is a school teacher, Magaret Nyet who was attacked and her left hand chopped off when she was on her way home from evening lesson. The attackers robbed her of her valuables.
Speaking to some journalists, Margaret said “I did not expect the young Fulani man that was hanging in the shadows when I passed the small market to be so vicious. I did not even know he was a criminal.”
Margaret Nyet is still receiving treatment at the Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital where she was rushed to.