Anger and disbelief are currently renting the air as some suspected members of the Nigerian Army have been accused of brutalizing youths in Nde village, Ikom Local Government Area of Calabar, the Cross Rivers state capital, for protesting and chasing away herdsmen and their cattle from their farmland.
At least, nothing less than 10 youths of Nde Community in Ikom LGA were brutalized by soldiers. This made the residents and their monarchs cry out to the military and state government for help over what they considered an injustice toward the people of the community.
According to the report surrounding the news, the community members claimed that the youths ” pleaded with the herdsmen” to leave their farmland after their cattle destroyed almost all their products, including the food and cash crops leaving them with nothing.
The report also has it that that incident was not the first time the herdsmen were destroying their farmland with cattle grazing over their crops and other things in the farmland. When it became unbearable, they then decided to take laws into their own hands and chase them away from themselves without the help of any security agencies.
The herdsmen then reported the matter to the soldiers within the community. Consequently, soldiers allegedly arrived in the community and beat up their youths for asking the herdsmen to leave.
Members of the community have said that they are peaceful and have asked herdsmen and the army to leave them in peace. They are calling on all concerned higher authorities to intervene in the matter and call the soldiers to order.
Also, they wanted the herdsmen to leave and never come back to their community again. Recall that the issue of open grazing is still causing serious problems between the federal government and state governors, especially in the southern part of Nigeria.
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