Igbo Mandate Congress have received intelligence reports from credible sources within Miyetti Alah that some Fulani herdsmen will attack Ifite-Owari and Anaku communities in Anambra State within the next three months in retaliation for the alleged murder of some herdsmen.
Two leaders of Miyetti Allah, who pleaded anonymity, told the Director General of Igbo Mandate Congress Reverend Obinna Akukwe in Awka over the weekend that the families of the four middle-aged men allegedly killed are seeking for revenge. They claimed that younger elements within Miyetti Allah are pushing for revenge. They gave the name of the youth leader seeking for bloody revenge to the leaders of Igbo Mandate Congress and asked them to initiate peaceful settlement before the executioner groups are called in from Bauchi.
They claimed that Anaku people have been beating up herdsmen, denying them water and safe passage and instigating nearby communities against them.. The aggrieved herdsmen believed that even Aguleri, Governor Obiano’s hometown gave them some land and wondered what is so special with Ifite-Ogwari and Anaku that they will not have peace.
The DG of Igbo Mandate Congress thanked the credible informants and promised to seek alternative peaceful conflict resolution.
In the aftermath of the foregoing, Igbo Mandate Congress wishes to alert Ohanaeze Ndiggbo, CAN, PFN, GAAICOM and relevant members of the diplomatic community of the plot to turn Ifite-Ogwari and Anaku into a theatre of war by misguided Fulani herdsmen.
Igbo Mandate Congress had on February 10th, released a report to CAN, PFN,Ohanaeze on the situation on Ifite-Ogwari and the continued detention of the Deputy President General and Chief Security Officer of the Town, Chief Nwaora Ikeozalla and Chief Michael Akamala respectively.
Igbo Mandate Congress in the earlier report noted that the Elders of Ifite-Ogwari had complained incessantly of constant raping of their girls and mothers and the Obiano government told them to forgive their enemies. The Elders insisted that there was no reported communal attack on herdsmen and that any such allegation of killings between December and January are concocted allegations. They claimed that if anybody ever died, as claimed by Miyetti Allah, it could be as a result of a private clash between an infuriated farmer and a rapist herdsman, and the community was not involved in it.
Igbo Mandate Congress Report condemned the attempt by Governor Obiano to force the community to pay N38 million naira to the herdsmen for alleged killing of 108 cows and rather asked Governor Obiano to settle Miyetti Allah’s N108 million demands from state coffers. IMC also asked Governor Obiano to pay N18 million naira as damages for destroyed farmlands and N18 million naira to the families whose daughters, wives and mothers were senselessly raped in Ifite-Ogwari.
Igbo Mandate Congress called for the release of the detained elders and appropriate compensation paid them for illegal incarceration. IMC called upon Ifite-Ogwari youths to suspend any planned reaction and allow a solution to be worked out within the next few days by concerned Igbo leaders.
Igbo Mandate Congress, in the aftermath, notes the following:
Igbo Mandate Congress noted that the Incarcerated leaders were released on Tuesday, after twenty days in detention. The detained elders have contacted diseases are being treated in herbal centres for ‘Kwarikwata, Crawcraw’ along the scrotum and armpits.