Tension is rising in Obokofia, a community in Ohaji/Egbema local council of Imo State as herdsmen were said to have vowed to remain in the community’s lands after the deadline to vacate.
On Wednesday, some herders shot sporadically into the air to scare community people and to resist the ultimatum given them to leave the community.
It was gathered yesterday that tension has engulfed Obokofia community, following the insistence of the herdsmen to remain on the community’s lands.
Despite intervention of the Ohaji/Egbema Transition Committee chairman, Damian Ezeru, which calmed down the situation, the herders have stayed put in the community.
Tension was worsened after a security meeting scheduled for yesterday could not take place as the TC chairman was said to be in an official meeting alongside his colleagues with the governor of the state, Emeka Ihedioha.
A source from the community told a news agency: “The herdsmen are still in the community. They have not left”
”They are prepared for us but we don’t want to fight them. We want peace in our land.”
”I want to ask, how can somebody come to your land and you tell him to leave and that person starts threatening to k**l you? “What sort of intimidation is this? We want them to move out of our farmlands. This is very bad.”
”Do they want us to suffer as a result of lack of food to eat? This is too much. We want them to stop. We can’t continue like this.”