Herdsmen Attack: Ebonyi Algon Vows To Resist Open Grazing

By Mbam Ogodo, Abakaliki
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The Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON, Ebonyi State Chapter has stated its prepardness to resist open grazing of cows in all the 13 local government areas that make up Ebonyi state.

The association said the law against open grazing will be fully implemented in their local government areas and in the state.

Briefing Journalist in Abakaliki, the leadership of ALGON led by the Chairman of Ohaozara Local Government Council, Princes Nkechinyere Iyioku shortly after it’s meeting at the Traditional rulers council office expressed worry that despite effort made to maintain peace in the state, yet herders carried out unprovoked attack on innocent citizens of the state.

The Association condemned in its entirety the attack on the communities in Ishielu local government area adding that they have deployed local Vigilante to avert further killings in all parts of the state.

They however gave Security Agencies in the State a 7 days ultimatum to produce killers of Obegu and Nkaleha communities victims by suspected herders.

The ALGON Chairmen who spoke through the Chairman of Izzi Local Government Area, Mr. Paul Nwogha, emphasised that Governor David Umahi has done enough to ensure that there is peaceful and mutual coexistence between the citizens and herdsmen in the state.

The ALGON leadership however, described as unfortunate and unwarranted the wanton killings of people in Obegu and Nkaleha communities in Ishielu Local Government Area of the State by suspected herdsmen.

According to them: “We gave out peace to the herdsmen and all they could return back to the States is to kill over 15 persons, that is very cruel to such peaceful and accommodating State like Ebonyi, we are here full of tears on what happened in the State”.

“Nothing on Earth would excuse such inhuman act because it’s unprovoked” they lamented.

The Chairmen maintained that the law against open grazing will be fully implemented in the 13 local government areas in the state adding that anyone who wants to practice it must be ready to face the full wrath of the law.

“From today henceforth, we support the law against open grazing and anybody who wants to practice that should be ready for the wrath of the State because it would be resisted in a highest term.

“We are giving security agencies 72 hours to fish out the perpetrators and bring them to book” they added.

They urged the people of the area that was affected to remain calm to enable security agencies to do their needed job perfectly