You canít kill people as if they are fowls - Governor Umahi orders herdsmen to vacate community

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You canít kill people as if they are fowls - Governor Umahi orders herdsmen to vacate community

- Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi reacted to the clash between herdsmen and farmers at Enyanwu Igwe Igbeagu community

- Umahi ordered the herdsmen in the community to vacate immediately

- The governor said he can't watch and let killings like that of Benue happen in his state

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state has warned that the incessant killings during herdsmen and farmers clashes can ignite war in Nigeria if not handle carefully.

Umahi made this statement at a meeting on Tuesday, March 14, while reacting to an incident on Monday, when suspected herdsmen had attacked some farmers in Enyanwu Igwe Igbeagu community of Izzi local vovernment

Premium Times reports that leaders of cattle herders in the South-east and South-south states, residents of the affected community, as well as all the security chiefs in the state attended the meeting.

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The governor ordered herdsmen living in the affected community to vacate immediately to avoid further violence and let the government interfere and calm the people down.

Describing the killings in the Enyanwu Igwe community, Umahi said: ĒIt is unprovoked killings, life is so sacred. You canít kill people as if they are fowls. Izzi people are warriors. I physically held them not to go for retaliation. The herdsmen there in Izzi have to leave the place for now until I can calm everybody down. The way we are going, it can provoke national war and it will not help anybody.

"The lives of every Ebonyian is very dear to me. God forbid, I canít withstand where 76 people were killed like in Benue, I canít withstand it. Some people may be fighting to die but we fight to live, letís use wisdom and handle the matter."

The governor said there was a prevous agreement between the state and herdsmen to ensure peaceful co-existence but the agreement has been ignored by the herders.

He said: ďWe banned under-aged herders, we banned night grazing in the state. We have no grazing routes in Ebonyi which means that nobody has the right to Ďcarryí cattle by route to Ebonyi State and we agreed on that. We also agreed with the herdsmen that the first offender must be prosecuted. We also said that no farmer should go to farm with gun and no herdsmen should rear cattle with gun or machete, it is stick. We must abide by these rules.Ē

Also speaking at the meeting is the national chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Bello Bodejo.

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Bodejo agreed with the governor that the state has been accommodating to herdsmen and promised that the leaders of the group will meet with herdsmen across Ebonyi state to speak with them.

He said: ďEbonyi state is very peaceful and it is accommodating to our members. It has been so accommodating to our members even more than some Northern states of the federation and we condemn these killing in this state. There are minors and migrants who are causing these problems. There are also criminals moving as cattle herders who are causing these havoc. The chairmen of Myetti Allah of various states in the South-east and South are all here and we are not happy with what happened, we condemn these killings in totality." earlier reported that suspected herdsmen reportedly killed 23 persons in fresh attacks on Dundu Village of Miango District in Bassa local government area of Plateau state.

Tthe youth leaders of Miango, Auta Danjuma, claimed that the attacks took place on the night of Monday, March 12.

Danjuma said most of the 23 people killed were women and children while numerous others sustained injuries.

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