Fulani herdsmen

David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka

The disappearance of a cattle herder identified as Shehu Issah in Aguleri, Anambra State, may cause unrest and hostility between members of Aguleri community and herdsmen.

THISDAY gathered that Issah who went out with his cattle for grazing, disappeared without trace, just as two of his cattle were found dead.

The Chairman of South-east Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders, Alhaji Gidado Sadeeq, declared that the 23-year old cattle herder, disappeared in Aguleri, but failed to state his date of disappearance.

He said two cows under Issah’s guide were killed in the community while others returned without the herder.
Sadeeq said the situation haS created tension in the area, while stating that the police and the Department of State Service (DSS) averted an attack on some other cattle herders by the host community.

THISDAY gathered from a source in Aguleri, who pleaded to remain anonymous that the disappearance of the cattle herder may breed trouble for the community, saying that this has been a source of worry to the community.
He insisted that the community did not know anything about the disappearance of the herder, nor were they involved in the travails of the herder.

But Sadeeq expressed worry too about the safety of his people.
“My people are now afraid of an imminent attack. It’s unfortunate that this is happening.
“It’s unfortunate that the host community are not keeping to the agreement reached between the security, Anambra State Government and the herdsmen,” Sadeeq stated.

THISDAY gathered that as a result of the development, security had been beefed up in the community which incidentally is Governor Willie Obiano’s home town.

When contacted on the telephone, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Nkeiruka Nwode, said the matter had not been brought to her knowledge.

She promised she would get in touch with the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Otuocha, where the incident allegedly occurred, and get back to THISDAY but she never did as of the time of filing this report.