Women of Ikot Umoessien Community in Odoro Ikot Clan, Essien Udim local government area of Akwa Ibom at the weekend embarked on peaceful protest to express their dismay over incessant destruction of their crops and farmland by Fulani herdsmen.The protesters led by the women leader, in the area Deaconess Martha Philip express grievances and draw Government attention to their plights as law abiding citizens.
The demonstrators who carried placards which reads; “We believe in Udom Dakada spirit but herdsmen is our bane,” Ikot Umoessien people are peace lovers, herdsmen leave our farm,” Our crops are destroyed by Fulani cattle “Enough is enough leave us in peace,” Government please visit our community for redress marched through the streets of Ikot Umoessien to the military barracks in the area.
They were however received by the officer in-charge, of the formation Isaiah Davies who thanked the women for their peaceful conduct and promised to convey their grievances to his superiors.
Briefing the soldiers Deaconess Martha Philip beaming with emotions, expressed sadness over the activities of the Fulani herdsmen who rendered their farming efforts to nullity.
Hear her, “our crops are destroyed on daily basis especially cassava, how do we survive next year? We do not go to their farms to destroy their rice, yam even tomatoes they sold to us/ They should leave our farmland,” she concluded.
The Clan head of Odoro Ikot, His Highness Obong G. T Umoren, who received the protesters thanked the women for their courage even as he expressed displeasure over the activities of the cattle shepherds.