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Army, police must account for those killed by herdsmen – Ohanaeze

Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo rose from its inner caucus meeting in Enugu on Sunday rejecting the Grazing Reserve Bill believed to have been brought before the National Assembly for passage.

In a communique issued after the meeting, which was read by Prof. Paul Modum, the group accused security agencies of complicity over the attack at Nimbo community in Enugu State by Fulani herdsmen.

The Ohanaeze leaders also called on the South-East Governors to immediately ensure that vigilante groups were put in place in the entire communities.

The communique read: “Imeobi endorses and reaffirms the position of Ohanaeze on the proposed grazing bill at the National Assembly. This bill is rejected by Ohanaeze. Ohanaeze maintains that cattle rearing is a private business and therefore should not be made to infringe on the rights of individual communities.

“Imeobe views with grave concern and unequivocally condemns the recent reckless and callous attack by Fulani herdsmen on our defenceless
Kith and kin in Nimbo, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.

“Imeobi expresses disappointment at the obvious security lapses, which allowed their heinous act to be committed in Nimbo. Imeobi calls on Enugu State Government and the Federal Government of Nigeria to ensure that a thorough investigation is carried out with a view to ensuring that those responsible for the lapses are punished for their action.

“Imeobi mandates the Ohanaeze leadership to take all necessary actions to ensure that such incidents never again occur in any other part of the South-State and indeed the whole of Nigeria.”

The South-East Governors also  met in Enugu over the current security challenge arising from Fulani herdsmen attacks in parts of the zone.

The meeting, which was attended by Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Dave Umahi and Okezie Ikpeazu of Enugu, Ebonyi and Abia, respectively, also had in attendance the Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu.

But the outcome of the meeting has yet to be made public by press time Sunday night.

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