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Monarch to Tribunal: We’ll kill our grasses to discourage grazing

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BY NAN

He said the measure became necessary following the inability of government to adequately contain the activities of the cattle breeders

The traditional ruler of Anuka Community in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State, Chief
Michael Utazi, has said his community will embark on killing of grasses to discourage grazing in the
area.

Utazi disclosed this in Enugu on Monday when he testified at the panel of inquiry into the killing of people and destruction of property in Nimbo Community of the state by suspected herdsmen.

He said the measure became necessary following the inability of government to adequately contain the activities of the cattle breeders.

The monarch said such measure would put to an end the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the rural communities.

He said his community had recorded its fair share of the clashes with loss of lives, theft and kidnapping.
Utazi said: “My people had thought of what to do to discourage the herdsmen from grazing on our farmlands due to their hostile nature.

“We have suggested that our people should either stop eating cow meat or spray grass killing substances on all green grasses in our community.

“This we can be doing two times in a year.” Utazi said his community had been in fear due to threats by the suspected herdsmen.

He said: “There was an incident where Ikenna Utazi offered drinking water to some herdsmen in his farm on request.
“After drinking, one of them asked him where he came from.

“Utazi said he was from Avrugo community, but they told him he was lying and that he was from Anuka community.
“One of them hit him with their stick and he ran away.”
The monarch said their community was now threatened by the Nimbo incident.

“The worst is that they threaten our people with the incident in Nimbo community and that if we are not
careful, our case will be worst,” Utazi said.

Another witness, Francis Nnamani from Ohuani Amagunze in Nkanu East Local Government Area, said cattle freely graze on their farms.
Nnamani, who is the President-General of Ohuani Amagunze Town Union, said the herdsmen were in groups and had a way of covering their tracks when they destroy crops.

He recounted how Theresa Mbah was raped and Ndubuisi Nworie beaten right in his farm by suspected herdsmen in the community, adding that
the incidents were reported to the Amagunze Police Station.

He said: “In view of these clashes, the people of my community are demanding N million as compensation from the herdsmen that reside in our
community.

“Over 70 per cent of my people who are
predominantly farmers are no longer farming as their crops were not safe.
“Our farm fields were devastated due to the settlement of herdsmen in Ogbuhu community.”

Nnamani called on relevant authorities to give the local security outfit the necessary support and encouragement to perform optimally.

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