Hundreds of women in Ewu, an Urhobo community, Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State on Wednesday protested alleged rising cases of rape by suspected Fulani herdsmen in the area.
The protesters, an eye witness, Abel Oshewigho, said, barricaded major roads within the community and chanted war dongs including the display of placards with the inscriptions: “we no gree , Fulani herdsmen must go; We are tired of Fulani herdsmen raping us in our farm lands, they have taken over our farm lands.”
The women also alleged that the Herdsmen have raped 15 house wives and three of their victims have died.
The leader of the protesting house wives, Mrs. Queen Dieseruwe, who spoke to journalists in the community, said: “we are protesting against the Fulani herdsmen who are raping our women in their own farm lands, they block roads to waylay women going to markets and those either going or coming from the farm; they sleep with them at gun point and any of their victims who tried to resist them, these wicked Fulani herdsmen will cut off their necks with matchets.
“They will go to our farms and uproot our cassava and destroy them, until they leave our lands, no peace for them”.
According to Mrs. Dieseruwe, one of the women, popularly known as Madam Bread from Edjekota Ogor, raped by the suspected Fulani herdsmen died last Monday after the incident on Sunday evening from trauma and two others injured and are being treated at the Central Hospital in Ewu.
But the state Police Commissioner, Mustafa Muhammad, who spoke to journalists in Asaba on the protest by the housewives, said: “The police have arrested a number of the suspects linked as Fulani Herdsmen
Herdsmen and investigation is on ongoing with a view to arresting the situation.
“The police will do everything possible to bring to book suspects behind the frequent rape of housewives in the community.
“The police are not unmindful of the alleged rape of housewives and we will do our best to bring to book those involved in the act”.
While appealing to the protesting house wives to maintain law and order in the community, the police boss disclosed that the organisation will do everything possible to get rid of the suspects allegedly raping house wives in the community.
He said that the police recently constituted a special squad unit to curb the rape menace in the community.
As at the time of this report, the protesting housewives had blocked major roads where the Fulani herdsmen frequent with their cow, insisting that they (Fulani herdsmen) leave their community for peace to reign.