About 200 protesting women from five communities in Usomini clan, Ogba Egbema Ndoni Local Government Area have demanded that armed herdsmen leave their farmlands.
The protesters who were singing and dancing to solidarity songs prevented human and vehicular entry in and out of the council secretariat at the council secretariat in Omoku.
The protesting women expressed their anger over the activities of armed herdsmen before the arrival of the council chairman, Vincent Job, who appealed for the intervention of the state and federal government.
In a remark, leader of the protesting women, Ambassador Isiodu Nkeiruka, told our correspondent, that the ladies were facing constant threats of rape and harassment from the armed herdsmen.
“We are no longer going to farm to look for our daily food; the bushes are not safe anymore.
“Grasses have taken over our farm land, is only farming we use to take care of our family. We are calling on the Rivers State governor, we are calling on our local government chairman to come and assist us here, even if it means bringing military men to secure our bushes, it will be okay for us because as it stand now, we can no longer go to the farm to look for food because of fear.”
In his responds, the chairman of Ogba Egbema Ndoni Local Government Area, Vincent Job assured the protesting women that the council has heard their grievances and promise to take actions accordingly.
Vincent Job also told the protesters that their grievances will be made known to the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, adding that the local government will work together with the state government to ensure that peace is restored.
Our correspondent reports that the Paramount ruler of Usomini clan, Eze Allen Osoh urged government to find a lasting solution to herdsmen menace in the area.