Edo women protest against rape, kidnapping by herdsmen in Uromi - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE

Edo women protest against rape, kidnapping by herdsmen in Uromi

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By Our Correspondent

Hundreds of women have taken to the streets of Uromi, the administrative headquarters of Esan north-east local government area of Edo State, to protest incessant raping and kidnapping of community people by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

The protesting women, who came from the main Uromi town and neighboring villages, assembled in the city centre to make their anger known.

They later broke into smaller groups to block major roads in the town, chanting solidarity songs and demanding that Fulani herdsmen must leave their communities.

The women said they could no longer go to their farms for fear of being kidnapped or raped by the herdsmen.

They further alleged that the hoodlums have virtually taken over their farmlands and always destroyed their farm produce.

A source in the community who spoke to our correspondent in Benin City said although the protest was peaceful, it disrupted the free flow of traffic in the town.

As at the time of filing this report, no official statement has been released by the protesters, nor was it possible to get a reaction from police authorities.