No Cogent Reason To Ask Fulani Herdsmen To Leave Ebonyi – Gov. Umahi

David UmahiGovernor David Umahi of Ebonyi State yesterday said there was no tangible excuse for people of the state to demand the immediate relocation of Fulani herdsmen from communities in the state in view of the existing cordial relationship between Ebonyi People and the herdsmen.
Umahi, who spoke at an enlarged Security Council meeting at the International Conference Centre, Abakaliki, said that grazing routes would be created in communities to enable the Fulani herdsmen carry out their grazing activities without rancour and disaffection.
The governor, however, condemned in strong terms, the attack on a community in Enugu State allegedly by herdsmen, describing it as unfortunate.
He called on security agencies to be on the alert and curb all manner of criminalities across the state, even as he directed them to mount surveillance and checkmate the excesses of herdsmen in the state, especially at night.
Subsequently, Gov. Umahi directed the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Commissioner for Border, Peace and Conflict Resolution and Special Adviser, SA on Internal Security to come up with a modality on how to set up a community-based committee in liaison with the Police to curb incidences of crimes across the state.
Mr. Umahi warned that any student found to belong to a secret cult will not only be arrested, such a person would be handed over to the security agencies for prosecution.
He also directed that nobody in the state should extort herdsmen under any guise, warning that anybody caught in such act will be prosecuted.
Meanwhile, the governor suspended two Development Centre Coordinators, Ohaozara West and Ohaozara, Hon. Christian Ngene, and Hon. Eni Odii respectively, indefinitely for failing to attend the meeting.

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