Aggrieved women from Umuduruegwelle community in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, yesterday, took to the street to protest against the rate of incessant rape and murder of innocent mothers in the area, by faceless hoodlums.
The women displayed placards with inscriptions that portrayed their anger: ‘We detest raping, killing of women in Umuduruegwelle,’ ‘NDLEA: Stop the selling and consumption of hard drugs in Umuduruegwelle,’ ‘IMSG and police, check activities of cultists in our community.’
Speaking on behalf of other protesters, Mrs. Theresa Iwundu, called on all the security agencies operating in the state, to save them from their current travails.
“We are tired of the rape and murder cases bedeviling our community. The ugly incidents are gradually destroying the peace of the community,” Mrs. Iwundu lamented.
After giving a graphic account of how Mrs. Esther Joseph was murdered in her farm, Mrs. Iwundu expressed shock that the hoodlums were gradually penetrating into the primary and secondary schools in the area.
“It is sad to note that our women no longer fancy going to their farms for fear of being either raped or murdered by the rampaging hoodlums,” Iwundu said.
She described the protest as “a last resort and another way of expressing our plight to government and the security agencies.”
Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports indicated that some equally aggrieved young men from the community stormed and destroyed suspected rendezvous where hard drugs were sold in the area.