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BREAKING: Igbo youths set to drive killer herdsmen from South-East forests
“With the rising tension in the southern Nigeria, it is time for us to drive out all the remnants of killer herdsmen hiding in all the forest reserve areas across the 95 local government areas of the South-East.
On Saturday, the youth wing of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo said it would drive out killer Fulani herdsmen from the forests in all the 95 local government areas in the South-East.
The President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, revealed, said the decision was necessitated by the killing of a Catholic priest, Rev Fr Paul Offu, by suspected herdsmen along the Ihe-Agbudu Road in Agwu Local Government Area of Enugu State on August 1, Punch reports.
The youth group alleged that there were pending plans to take lives of more church leaders in the South-East, urging that steps should be taken to avert the impending situation.
Isiguzoro appealed with all Biafra agitators, Igbo youths, and volunteer security groups to enter the forests to smoke out killer Fulani herdsmen from the South-East.
In his words: “We were shocked to read about the murder of a Catholic priest, Rev Fr Paul Offu, who was shot dead by hoodlums suspected to be the notorious and murderous criminal herdsmen along Ihe-Agbudu Road in Agwu Local Government Area on August 1, 2019.
“This is a calculated but provocative action with evil intent aimed at rubbishing the proposed establishment of forest guards and Community Neighbourhood Watch by the South-East governors.
“With the rising tension in the southern Nigeria, it is time for us to drive out all the remnants of killer herdsmen hiding in all the forest reserve areas across the 95 local government areas of the South-East. This is a clarion call to Igbo youths, all Biafra agitators and volunteer groups to do the needful across the bushes and forests in search of the killer herdsmen in the South-East to drive them out.
“These volunteer youths will serve as temporary forestry guardsmen until we pressurise the South-East governors to fund them. Their mandate will be to take decisive actions against any armed herdsmen found, and they should be handed over to security agents.”
The Ohanaeze youths also called on the Federal government, especially the office of the Vice President, to protect Christians all over the country.