The Chairman of Ikom Local Government Council in Cross River State, Hon Kingsley Egumi has disclosed how he manages Fulani Herdsmen around his homestead without clashes, killings and destruction of farmlands.
Speaking with D on Saturday via phone, Hon Egumi lamented the crisis between the Fulani Herdsmen and farmers in the country and appealed to the Federal Government to come to the aid of victims and prosecute criminals among Fulani Herders.
“I don’t have any issues with Fulani Herdsmen or crisis in my community or local government area (Ikom) except communal crisis where communities attack themselves to the point of killing and destruction of personal properties
“Like I said, in my local government council, there is no crisis with Fulani herdsmen, we cohabit very freely with them, they only build their houses and live here but their animals or cows are kept far from us and far from our farmlands
“Normally, it is good to live in peace with one another, my own is different and it’s a communal crisis, what is bedevilling us in Ikom is communal clashes. For now, there is no love lost with other tribes” he stated.
On the communal clash in the area which claimed over four lives, the Chairman regretted the action of security agencies who refused to carry out investigations on the matter, “We are still on the matter, it is now, we are about to start because one of the communities petitioned the Police.
“They are yet to come for investigations of the matter. The community affected has to write a petition to the Commissioner of Police, Inspector General of Police, we are still waiting for them” he pointed out