Nnaya Eziyi, Umuahia
The Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Anthony Ogbizi has stressed the need for peaceful resolution of any provocations between farmers and herdsmen in the state.
Ogbizi stated this at a meeting between the Farmers/Herdsmen Conflicts Resolution Committee and stakeholders at the Police Officers Mess in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.
He warned aggrieved persons against taking the law into their hands and to report any damage or infringements on their rights to the security agencies for intervention.
He advised that rather than take revenge for any loss suffered, the aggrieved party should articulate them in writing and forward it to the committee for assessment and remedy.
According to him, the command was aware of some miscreants in the society who could be fanning embers of crisis between the farmers and the herdsmen and warned them to desists from the act.
The police boss noted that with the onset of the dry season in the country there might be an increase in the movement of cattle from the north to the south in search of grazing grounds.
Ogbizi, who is the chairman of the committee, therefore appealed to both the farmers and the herdsmen to ensure easy passage of such stock to avert their straying into farmland.
Similarly, the traditional ruler of Umu Obasiukwu Autonomous Ancient Kingdom, Ozuitem in Bende Local Government Area of the state, Eze John Akaliro decried the menace of herdsmen in the community.
On his part, the Sarkin Hausa in the state, Alhaji Yaro Danladi noted with concern the rise in clashes between farmers and herdsmen across the country and prayed for its end.
Others who spoke at the meeting were Chief Ukpai Agwu Ukpai and Captain Awa Udensi both deputy chief of staff and security adviser respectively to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.