The Ebonyi State government yesterday set up a nine-man committee to investigate and report back to government, the remote and immediate cause of the crisis that erupted between farmers in Abakaliki local government area of the state and herders, which led to the death of one person.
Inaugurating the committee shortly after an enlarged emergency security meeting with security Chiefs at the cabinet office government house Abakaliki, the Secretary to the State Government Dr. Kenneth Ugbala charged the committee to conduct a thorough investigation on the cause of the crisis between the farmers and the herdsmen.
Dr. Ugbala expressed the regret that the unfortunate crisis led to the death of one person and destruction of houses, even as he urged the committee to report back to the central committee within two weeks.
The SSG reminded the people of the State on the already existing law on farmers and herders’ relationship and movement, adding that the law was not vindictive but specific and should be followed to ensure enthronement of peace in the society.
He urged the people residing in the State to live in unity regardless of religious, ethnicity and political affiliations, pointing out that to ensure that Nigeria remains one entity, there must be an enthronement of peaceful co-existence.
He stated that no herder is allowed to reside close to where people’s farms are, as that would bring sever threat to the farmers, adding that once the committee submits its report and there is a need for the central committee to visit the crisis area, the committee will visit the area. He expressed optimism that the issues would be resolved amicably.