The leadership of Asa Liberation Movement ably led by Hon Emeka Adiele has condemned in strong terms the kidnapping and killing of two persons from Umuorie by the Fulani Herdsmen and its reprisal attack yesterday at Obehie Asa, Ukwa West LGA, Abia State. The leadership noted that the deceased, who were identified as Mrs Nwanyieze Ogbonna and Chimezie Nwaobilor hail from Umuachigide and Umuagbudu Umuorie respectively and were kidnapped and killed by Fulani Herdsmen on the 18th of June, 2022 which its resultant effect was the protest of yesterday.
Condemning the kidnapping incidence and the wanton repudiation of lives and properties by the Fulani Herdsmen, the leadership also noted that Asa land, a once peaceful and serene environment suitable for cultivation of all kinds of Agricultural produce, business adventures,et al, has been infiltrated and bastardized by Fulani Herdsmen through a forceful acquisition of some portions of the said land by the State Government for cattle market.
The leadership, as a matter of urgency and in a bid to forestall total relative peace,therefore, makes the following appeal to the State Government or to whom it may concern viz:
1: That Asa people are very peaceful and hospitable to all stranger elements, but not to the detriment of their lives.
2: That we are tired of our coexistence with the Fulani Community whose intent is to rape, kill and destroy our lives and properties.
3: Tasks Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to sanction the Fulani Herdsmen/Community to vacate all our bushes and its surroundings with immediate effect to avert inevitable lapses.
4: That while commending security agencies for restoring peace and order, it also tasks the Governor, in his all inclusive sanction, to direct the 144 Battalion to release any suspected Fulani Herder in their custody to the State Government for possible eviction.
5: It therefore, tasks the youths to be vigilant especially this precarious time of politicking and always report any suspected invaders/unknown faces in their communities to the nearest Police Station while urging them to go about their daily businesses as normalcy has been restored.