Some women in Port Harcourt on Tuesday took to the streets to protest invasion of their community by gunmen suspected to be cultists.
The women, who are indigenes of Owube community in Ahoada West Local Government Area in Rivers, decried incessant attacks by suspected cultists in their community.
Some of the women who spoke with NAN said that cultists were daily raping women on their farmlands.
Mrs Florence Eric said that women in the community were now living in fear due to the frequent rape and kidnap by the hoodlums.
“The cult boys in our community do not allow us to go to our farmlands again. They attack, rape and kidnap us everyday.
“We can no longer go out to look for food to eat. We want government to help us in any way they can, because we need to survive this challenge,” she said.
Mrs Victoria Ekpeye said that the cultists were demanding ‘settlement’ from the community to end their siege on the area.
“The boys said they need money from us to leave the community, but they did not mention how much money they need,” she added.
On her part, Franco Confidence said the protesters decided to submit their petition to the state government after several concerted efforts made to end insecurity in the area failed.
She said after exhausting all options of ending the crises, that the community later engaged the services of a popular local vigilante.
“The ONELGA Security, Peace and Advisory Committee (OSPAC) comes at night to secure the area, but the cultist now come in the afternoon to kidnap and rape women.
“We are really tired of living with this challenge for five years now. We want Gov. Wike to come to our aid, because we are tired of sleeping in the bush,” she said.
The protesters also called on the police to establish a police post in the community to end the rising insecurity in the area.