The Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), an Igbo youth group, has exposed the illegal grazing activities of cattles in farmlands within Imo communities. These activities have resulted in significant hardships for local farmers. The group firmly stated that open grazing would not be permitted in Igboland and called for the arrest of armed herdsmen involved in such practices.
In a press release issued by Mr. Goodluck Ibem, the President General of the group, the Department of State Services (DSS) was urgently notified about the need to apprehend the marauding herdsmen. COSEYL highlighted the unlawful occupation and destruction of farmlands in Obasa Assa Community, sit uated in the Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State, by Fulani herdsmen and their cattle. This occupation has caused severe famine among the local people, as the cows have consumed their crops.
The group revealed that the issue of cattle grazing was merely a smokescreen for a larger agenda. They further exposed the presence of armed Fulani herdsmen carrying AK-47 rifles and other dangerous weapons within the community. COSEYL demanded that the DSS promptly apprehend these individuals, who are essentially terrorists disguised as Fulani herdsmen in Obasa Assa community. Additionally, they called for compensation to be provided for the damaged crops and farmlands.
The statement issued by COSEYL asserted that the terrorists posing as Fulani herdsmen had 48 hours to vacate the community and were strictly warned against returning. The group emphasized the urgent need for action to address the ongoing crisis caused by the destructive activities of these individuals.
SOURCE: Daily Post
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