By Ikeugonna Eleke
Youths of Anaku in Ayamelum Local Government Area of Anambra State have protested the activities of Fulani herdsmen in the area, accusing them for the series of cases of kidnappings along Adani-Kogi Highway, in the community.
A source said the youths came out in their numbers on the Federal Highway in the community last weekend to protest the latest incident of kidnapping which involved an undisclosed number of persons the previous Friday.
The source said, ‘The youths of the area were outraged over the recent incident and promised not to rest until the kidnapped persons were released as soon as possible.
‘The security agents in the area led by the DPO of Anaku Divisional Police in Ayamelum LGA, CSP Chukwunonso, was also there and addressed the youths, promising not to rest until the situations is brought under control. He also advised the youths of the communities to maintain calm and continue with their lawful activities as the issue was being taken care of.’
The protest, it was gathered, also attracted the attention of the Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Uche Victor Okafor, who addressed the youths, condemning the current spate of kidnapping along road.
Our source said, ‘You may be here in Awka without knowing the high level of kidnapping by Fulani herdsmen happening in the hinterlands in Anambra State. The current kidnapping took place on the 12th of March this year.
‘This infuriated some youths who teamed up with the vigilante group and other security agents to go into the forest in search of those who were kidnapped and to secure the area to avoid future activities. It is very disheartening,’ he said.
Fides could not reach the Public Relations Officer of the Anambra State Police Command, CSP Haruna Mohammed, for his reaction as he failed to pick his calls.