Women in Abia State have taken to the streets to protest against what many believe is the invasion of their lands and illegal abduction of their children by the Department of State Services, DSS.
The protest which had taken place in the Ohafia Local Government area saw women both young and the elderly from all works of life march in their numbers to the Abia state CID office.
Many waved tree branches as is customary in the Igbo tradition to signal caution to bystanders and other road users as they marched, chanting their demands, some also had banners with their demands on display.
According to reports, the women had on Tuesday, staged the protest shortly after the abduction of four youths by the DSS.
Obinwannem understands that the protest began at about 10 a.m. from Okagwe down to Amekpu and Elu Ohafia, it lasted till 5 p.m.
The protesters condemned the invasion and demanded the immediate release of the abducted youths who were reported to be in DSS custody.
An eyewitness told Obinwannem, that a Barrister Kalu Ume was the orchestrator of the invasion in Okagwe.
“Barrister Kalu Ume and the Presbyterian church told Okagwe indigenes that they are bringing University to the community, which was to be built on a land popularly known as (Elka).
As it stands, the reverse is the case, they are trying to use our Land for Fulani grazing, we are putting the world on notice on these oblivious act committed by Barrister Kalu Ume and the government of Abia state against the indigenous people”. An eyewitness told Obinwannem.
“We were told by Dss that Okagwe Ohafia is IPOB camp, they brought out a list containing the names of some youths that are to be arrested in Okagwe and this has tantamounted to tension in Okagwe”. Another eyewitness told Obinwannem.
Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News
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