Clement Nnachi, Abakaliki
Tension has gripped some residents of following the arrival of over 100 herdsmen with 2,000 cattle arrive in their communities.
It was gathered that the herdsmen had begun to erect huts in the affected communities amidst protest from the people.
Investigations have revealed that as a result of the development, some community leaders youths of Ochafu village in Izzi Local Government Area; Akaeze/Ishiagu in Ivo Council; and Amasiri in Afikpo North Local Government Area have petitioned the state Police Command, protesting against the herdsmen settlement.
In one of the petitions to the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Titus Lamordi, and signed by one of the community leaders, Mr. Monday Nwezenyi, the villagers lamented that since February 18, 2017, when the herdsmen arrived in their communities, the residents had not slept with their two eyes closed.
In another petition to the Afikpo Police Division, residents of Amasiri community told the police that they did not want to have anything to do with the herdsmen. They lamented that they had been living in fear as the herdsmen had overrun their farms and built huts without the community’s approval.
Confirming the development, the Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Jude Madu, said the Commissioner of Police had ordered full investigation into the incident.
He said the police was investigating the influx of herdsmen in the state and assured the people that the command was working day and night to ensure the safety of lives and property.
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