Igbo group: Herdsmen operate in 139 forests in S/East, S/South

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An Enugu-based group, Voice From the
East (VEAST), has named 139 villages and
forests where armed herdsmen allegedly
hide, kill and rape women and children in
the South East and the South-South geo-
political zones.

VEAST said that after extensive
investigation, it discovered that the
presence armed herdsmen was higher in
the South East than the South-South and
warned farmers and other residents to be
careful on how they moved in the affected
areas.

A breakdown of the figures showed that
there are 115 of such forests in the South
East while there are 24 of them in the
South-South.

A state-by-state breakdown of the figure
indicated that Enugu State has the highest
of such spots in 56 communities, followed
by Anambra State with 23 villages, Imo
(17), Ebonyi (12), with Abia State coming
last with only seven spots.

In the South-South, only two states were
covered by VEAST, with Delta State
coming top with 15 hotspots while Rivers
State has nine hideouts.

The forests and places where the
herdsmen operate in Abia, he said are
Lokpanta , Leeru, Nkpa, Ohawfia, Bende,
Ubakala and Owerrenta.

The spots in Imo, are Okigwe, Amakohia-
Ubi, Ntu, Umuowa, Iheagwa, Ulagwu,
Oweri-Town, Mbaitoli, Mbaise, Oguta, Orlu,
Amaigbo, Onuimo, Isiekenesi, Njaba,
Ideato, and Mbano.

According Jonah, Anambara State has
Nteje, Ogbunka, Ufuma, Ezira, Umunze,
Umuchukwu, Akpu, Ndikelionwu, Ogboji,
Ndiowu,Anam, Achala, Ebenebe, Ogbunike,
Osina, Okija, Ihiala, Ukpo, Dunukofia,
Agulu, Neni, Ogbu, and 3-3.

He identified
the affected communities in Enugu State as
Ibite Ogbaku, Akpugoze, Achi, Amansii,
Nachi, Ukpabi-Nimbo, Ukpata, Akegbe-
Ugwu, Ugwuoba, Eka-Aku, Igbo-Etiti,
Amagunze, Amaechi Idodo, Ugwu-
Onyeama, Egede, Adada, Nkpologwu, Afa,
Opanda, Uvuru Uzo Uwani, and Adani.

Others are Ugwu-Aboh, Waziri Estate-
Nsukka, Enugu-Ezike, Neke-Uno, Akpogasi,
Ugwogo, Ekpebe, Maradona University
Layout, Ihuokpa- 3- Corner, Akwuke,
Industrial Layout-Emene, Unity Layout,
Ibagwa Nike City Layout-Amokwe, Heritage
Layout-Oyoho- Nike, Odo Rice-Emene,
New Zion State Layout, Ugwu Onyeama,
Phase 11, Independence Layout, 4-Corner,
Redemption Layout, Amokpo, Ugbaka-
Nkanu , Aninri, and Awgu.

Jonah gave the locations in Ebonyi State
as Emoha, Nkalagu, Afikpo, Ezii, Ezaa,
Ezamgbo, Ukpo, Ekemoha, Akpoha,
Abomege, and Onicha.

In Aniomaland in Delta State, Jonah gave
the places as Agbor, Okpanam, Iselukwu,
Oshimili, Onicha Ugbo, Ndokwa, Umunede,
Ogwashiuku, Ibusa, Kwali, Obiaruku,
Igbanke, Oshimili, Asaba and Ella.

He said that in mainland Rivers State, the
spots are in Oluimo, Uguruta, Omoku,
Ahuada, Omuha, Emeoha, Okehi, Isiokpo,
Oleh, and Umuechem.

The Convener of VEAST, Mr. Kindness
Jonah, in a report he made available to
The AUTHORITY in Abuja, said that the
number of the hideouts for militia herders
were arrived at after an investigative study
on the activities and hideouts of herdsmen
in Igboland and parts of the South-South.

He said that study was conducted to
inform Igbo about the spots and to warn
be careful and vigilant while going to their
farms in the affected places.

Source: AUTHORITY NEWSPAPER

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