The Abia State House of Assembly has ordered an investigation into the alleged putting up of a sign post with the inscription “Fulani Republic” near the 14 Brigade Army Barracks, Ohafia Council Area of the State.
The investigation by the House followed a petition brought by the member representing Ohafia South constituency, Chief Uchendu Ifeanyi, which drew the attention of the House to the alleged “Fulani Republic” sign post mounted by Fulani herdsmen.
According to Uchendu, the said sign post “posed threat to peace in his constituency” because it created the impression that the herdsmen had taken over that portion of land where they grazed their cattle.
The committee which has Chikwendu Kanu representing Isiala Ngwa South Constituency, as Chairman, was charged with the responsibility to establish if the said “Fulani Republic” land was part of the Army land and how the Fulani came into its alleged occupation. The committee is to submit its report next Wednesday.
Communities in Abia State have over time complained about the activities of Fulani herdsmen whose cattle cause damage to crops and farmlands in several rural communities where the breeders illegally and brazenly colonize as grazing grounds and dared the land owners for a showdown when challenged.
When they invade any community, the Fulani Herdsmen are always armed to the teeth with dangerous weapons, including AK47, charms, daggers and machetes.
Already, there are reports of clashes between the herdsmen and farmers in some Abia communities of Uzoakoli in Bende Local Government Area, Ebem and Akanu in Ohafia and Umuchieze in Umunneochi.