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No Herdsmen Abducted And No Cow Missing In Ogbaru- Council Boss



The Chairman of Ogbaru Local government area of Anambra State, Mr Arinzechukwu Awogu has dismissed as false reports making the rounds that 10 Fulani herdsmen were abducted and 300 cows stolen in Obene area of the council area.

The Council Chairman who was in constant touch with the leadership of the Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in the state and the Sariki Hausa/Fulani and the leadership of Hausa community in the council area, said it was sensational for anybody to have gone to the media with claims that was untrue and that never happened in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State.

It would be recalled that the South-east Chairman of MACBAN, Gidado Siddik had raised alarm that 10 of their members were abducted by gunmen in Obene Community, Ogbaru Local Government Area of the state on Saturday and over 300 cows stolen.

But the Council Chairman narrated that unknown persons from neighbouring Okija Community in Ihiala Local Government Area had issues with some herdsmen which had nothing to do with Ogbaru Local Government Area, a development that later spilled into Obene farmsettlment on the Ogbaru side of the boundary which made both farmers and herders in the farmsettlement to scamper to safety.

He said that Obene was not a community in Ogbaru Local Government Area but a farmsettlment inhabited by all Nigerians.

He said that the herdsmen had abandoned their cows to take refuge and returned to pick them when calmness returned.

“I think we owe a duty to our country to always project the truth about every situation. Which 300 cows were stolen? From where and by who? You don’t sensationalize sensitive issues. I spoke severally with Alhaji Gidado Siddik, ask him; and one Musa and a number of others and I was physically present to help locate those that scampered to safety and as at 11.30pm on Saturday, all the cows had been rejoined. So which 300 cows went missing? We should be patriotic Nigerians and stop creating tension when non existed. Alhaji Gidado was totally oblivious of what the situation was when he spoke to the media”. Mr. Awogu said.

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