Following the recent attacks and invasion of communities and massacre of innocent citizens by the Fulani herdsmen across the country, prominent Igbo leaders, at a meeting over the weekend, decided on need for the Igbo nation to organize the people for self-defence against the invasion and killing of Igbo indigenes by the Fulani herdsmen.
The dreaded Bakassi Boys, a violent vigilante group mobilized to terminate the troubling armed robbery menace in the south east some years ago, were revealed to have started regrouping to strengthen other vigilante groups to provide security for local communities and towns in the south east , former leaders of the group who are still alive have been summoned to facilitate the regrouping of the Bakassi Boys and also handle the recruitment of new members.
A source from the long-disbanded vigilante group revealed that their assignment is mainly to contain the Fulani miltia and ensure that they no longer cause destruction in any part of Igbo land.
He added that they are fully empowered to respond speedily to attack on any part of Igbo land by the Fulani herdsmen, as he called them.
“The action has become necessary because it appears the Federal Government is not ready to protect our people being attacked by the Fulani herdsmen. This Fulani and farmers clash has been happening in the north central and we thought it is a northern problem,” he said.
“Now, they have moved to the south to trouble our peace loving people. They kidnapped Chief Olu Falae in Yoruba land, they are now invading Igbo land, yet the Federal Government is not doing anything to protect our people.”
Moreover, the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have already issued a warning, urging the Federal Government to intervene and stop the Fulani herdsmen from further killings in the south east.
Some leaders of the two liberation struggle groups disclosed that both MASSOB and IPOB may recourse to arms struggle to protect Igbo land if the invasion and killings by the Fulani herdsmen continue.
Furthermore, The Niger Delta militants popularly called Egbesu Boys are also gearing up for confrontation with the herdsmen should they extend their attack of communities to the south-south.
Egbesu is the god or deity of warfare of the Ijaw people of the Niger Delta region, and Egbesu is the spiritual foundation for combating evil.
The Egbesu force can only be used in defence or to correct an injustice, and only by people who are in harmony with the universe.
Some of the militant’s leaders who spoke to this reporter warned “the Fulani herdsmen to stay off Niger Delta territory or face war.”
The militants vowed that they are on red alert in the zone.
It was reported that about 30 people were killed by Fulani herdsmen during an attack on Ukpabi Nimbo, an agrarian community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area, Enugu State, penultimate week.
Several armed Fulani herdsmen, said to be over 100, were alleged to have invaded the community in the early hours of the day.
Continuous gunshots were said to have woken the people who became helpless and defenceless during the sudden attack and had to flee their homes,Many of the villagers were gathered to have escaped to neighbouring communities in the Uzo-Uwani area,Corpses were said to be picked from farmlands and deposited at the morgue in Bishop Shanahan Hospital, Nsukka, Enugu State.
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