Abia govt decries destruction of farmlands by cows
IPOB vows to enforce ban on open grazing in South-East
Abia State Government yesterday condemned the recent destruction of farmlands by cows said to be grazing openly in violation of the provisions of the extant laws of the state and the country.
It also decried the activities of criminal herdsmen suspected to have masterminded the recent brazen kidnap of innocent citizens in Abia North Senatorial Zone.
The state’s Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, said that the target of the destruction by cows was to exacerbate the already existing tensions.
He said that it was consequent upon this that the state governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed security agents in the state to bring to justice all those involved in the criminal activities.
MEANWHILE, the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), yesterday, said that its security outfit, Eastern Security Network (ESN), would ensure strict enforcement of the ban on open grazing in the South-East region as approved by governors of the zone.
In a statement signed by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB, while extolling the governors for banning open grazing in the zone, said that it received with delight the news credited to Chairman, South-East Governors’ Forum, Dave Umahi.
The group stated that it was happy by the wisdom of the governors to respect the will of the people for the first time, saying: “If the governors had not been seized by useless fear and trepidation over the Fulani before now, our region would not have been in this mess.
“We, therefore, want to aver, and assure the governors that our gallant Eastern Security Network (ESN) will ensure strict enforcement of the ban, which is also in line with a subsisting but neglected judicial pronouncement in 1969.
“At the expiration of the two-week ultimatum already issued by our leaders for open grazing to end in Biafra land, IPOB and ESN will move in to deal with any herder flouting the law.
“Since the law enforcement agents are too weak or have wittingly failed to enforce the ban, we can no longer afford to sit idly and watch the wanton destruction of lives and crops of our people. ESN will do the needful. We shall no longer allow law breakers to have a field day after inflicting physical and economic harm on innocent victims.
“The 12 northern Muslim states already have their Hisbah police enforcing their Sharia law, yet they claim Nigeria is one. Alcoholic beverages worth millions of naira belonging to Biafrans doing their legitimate business in those states have been callously destroyed by these over-zealous elements and nothing happened. Yet some wicked mortals marauding as herders are daily openly grazing their cattle on our farms, kidnapping our folks for ransom, killing and rapping our mothers and sisters.”
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