EBONYIi-The Ebonyi State Government yesterday set up a nine man Committee to investigate the Farmers and Herders clash that took place in Abakaliki Local Government Area of the State.
Inaugurating the Committee, after an Enlarged Emergency Security Meeting with Security Chiefs at the Cabinet Office, old Government House, Abakaliki, the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Kenneth Ugbala charged the Committee members to conduct a thorough investigation into the crisis.
The crisis led to the destruction of houses as a source close to the Police revealed that one person died following the incident.
The SSG reminded the people of the State of the already existing law on Farmers and Herders’ relationship and movement adding that the law was not vindictive but with specific agenda for peace, unity and progress in the Society.
He urged people residing in the State to live in unity regardless of religious, ethnic and political differences.
He stated that no Herder was allowed to reside close to where people’s farms were situated as that would pose threat to corporate existence.
He stated that once the committee submits its report and there is need for the Central Committee to visit the crisis area, the Committee will do so. He expressed optimism that the issues would be resolved amicably in no distant time.
Responding, the Caretaker Chairman, Abakaliki Local Government Area, Mr Ben Nwovu thanked State Government for the proactive steps it has so far taken towards resolving the matter.
He gave the assurance that the people of the area will remain law abiding and cooperative, so that there can be a lasting panacea to the development.
The Council boss called on Herders in the area to desist from living close to farms as it has continued to pose as a threat to the livelihood of the people of the area.
In his remark, the Chairman of Myetti in the State, Alhaji Sadiq Gidado and his Secretary Alhaji Usuman Ishiaku applauded Ebonyi State Government for institutionalizing an agenda of peace at every level in the State. He appealed for justice in the handling of the situation.
The meeting was attended by the Commissioner for Border Peace and Internal Security, Hon Stanley Okoro Emegha and his Local Government counterpart, Chief Samuel Okoronkwo, including Chiefs, Local Government caretaker Chairmen, Development Center Coordinators and Security Chiefs.