Cows have destroyed our market, school, court, vandalised police post -Abia monarch cries out
* Says relocation of cattle market to community now ‘a curse ‘
By Steve Oko
The traditional ruler of Amaekwu Lokpanta in Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State, HRH Eze Thomas Obike, has decried the activities of rampaging herdsmen and their cows in his community.
Eze Obike who made the lamentation when he received Senator Mao Ohuabunwa in his palace during the commissioning of a primary health centre built in the community by the senator, said his subjects now live in fears following the irritating activities of herdsmen and their cows in the area.
The monarch regretted that his community and their neighbours had never remained the same ever since the cattle market was relocated to the area by former Gov. Orji Uzor Kalu in 2002.
“Since the cattle market was brough to us here in Lokpa, we have seen hell. The cows have destroyed our market, customary court, and school.
“They have also destroyed our police post and the police ran back to Isuochi. The relocation of the cattle market to us is like a curse to us now.
” The cows and their rearers have vandalised everything we have and even our children and wives are not safe “.
” We no longer have farmlands to cultivate because herdsmen have converted them into grazing fields “, the monarch agonised
The royal father appealed to government to come to their rescue as farming activities have become a risky and fruitless venture in the area following the constant destruction of crops by cows.
Eze Obike faulted a recent claims by Senator Kalu that he brought Ruga to the area while he held sway as Governor, saying that the former Governor only advertised his shallow knowleged of Ruga.
He insisted that there was no Ruga in any part of Abia State, adding that nobody can convert his community to Ruga settlement.
Expressing disappointment in Kalu, the monarch prayed for Ohuabunwa to recover his “stolen mandate” at the tribunal to enable him return to the Senate and give the district a worthy representation at the red chamber.