Protesting women in Ishan area of Edo State took to the streets and blocked the popular Uromi Road, over the continued invasion of herdsmen on their farmlands and incessant attacks on farmers and their women,Several women on Wednesday blocked major roads in Uromi, headquarters of Esan North-East Local Government Area of Edo State to protest the activities of criminal herdsmen which they said have brought hardship to their communities.
The women accused the herdsmen of killing, armed robbery, raping, and destruction of farmlands, among other crimes.
The women took their protest to the Palace of the Onojie, Anselm Edenojie, and the Divisional Police headquarters in Uromi, and demanded the immediate removal of herdsmen from their lands.
One of the protesting women, Omoh Igbanke, said they were not able to see the monarch and the divisional police officer to present their complaint.
The women, who came from the main Uromi town and neighbouring villages, assembled in the city centre where they set up a bonfire.
They later divided themselves into smaller groups and blocked major roads in the town, chanting solidarity songs.
Another protester, Angela Esangbedo, said they could no longer access their farmlands for fear of being raped.
“We are demanding that Fulani herdsmen must leave our communities because we can no longer go to our farms for fear of being kidnapped or raped by the herdsmen. They have taken over our farmlands and have destroyed our farm produce,” Mrs Esangbedo said.
The women vowed to repeat the protest on Saturday if the herdsmen did not leave their land,