Edo youths give 14-days quit notice to herdsmen

Edo youths give 14-days quit notice to herdsmen

Fulani herders in Edo State have been given a 14-day ultimatum by youth leaders in to vacate their communities following the violence and killings perpetrated by herders.

Talakawa Parliament, a youth group in the state at a press conference in Benin on Wednesday, ordered the herdsmen occupying farmlands and forests in Edo State to leave with immediate effect.

The quit notice followed the murder of three persons, including two vigilante operatives by suspected Fulani herders Ugo N’iyekorhionmwon, Orhionmwon Local Government Area of the state.

Some aggrieved women had also on Wednesday morning protested against the killing.

Kola Edokpayi, the speaker of the group, warned that any act of aggression against the indigenes would not be tolerated.

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Edokpayi said they also gave 72 hours to the state Commissioner of Police, Phillip Agbadi, to arrest and prosecute the alleged killers, otherwise, the youths would stage a mass protest.

“We have given the killer herdsmen a 14-day ultimatum to quit farmlands and forests in Edo State. We have not given them notice to leave Edo State so that our mothers and fathers can go to the farm.

“We are using this medium to call on the CP to arrest within 72 hours these criminal elements that are responsible for the killing of our people in Ugo N’iyekorhionmwon, Orhionmwon LGA or face a mass protest.

“Our people can no longer travel. We believe in peaceful coexistence. However, nobody should take Edo people for a ride.”