It is no longer news that the Executive Governor of Anambra state, Charles Soludo has placed a ban on the movement of cattle on foot in every part of the state. It would be recalled that the governor announced the ban during a meeting with members of Anambra State Cattle Menace Committee at the Government House in Awka, last weekend.
Meanwhile, the leader of the association in the South-east zone, Gidado Siddiki has pleaded with the Anambra state governor to reverse the ban as the cattle herders don’t have any other place to go. According to Tribune Newspaper, Siddiki made the pleads during a meeting with their members that took place on Monday in Awka, the Anambra state capital.
Siddiki stated that most of the Fulanis don’t have any alternative business apart from cattle business. Majority of us, don’t know any business aside from rearing of cattle. Some of us were born and bred in the business of rearing cattle in Anambra state. We have no other place to go.” Siddiki stated.
Also, Fulani herdsmen have on 6th September, 2022 allegedly abducted a bus driver and a truck driver at Owerre-Ezukala, Orumba South LGA, boundary between Anambra and Abia State. According to an eyewitness in a video being circulated over the social media, the Herdsmen abducted the bus driver and the tipper driver while shooting sporadically on the air to scare people away. The Herdsmen had also left behind the vehicles of their captives and whisked them away to an unknown location.
The eyewitness also stated that during the same operation, the Herdsmen equally abducted another person who owned a black highlander jeep. The whereabouts of the kidnapped victims is yet to be ascertained as at the time of filing this report.