Abia State Government has commented about the ongoing ethnic crisis between Fulani herdsmen and Eastern Security Network in the state. While speaking on Channels Television on Wednesday morning, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu revealed that the state government paid herdsmen ₦100,000 for every cow killed during a clash between herders and farmers.
The governor also accused herdsmen of kidnapping indigenes of Abia and destroying farmlands in the state. The Governor said despite the ban on open grazing in 2018, the herdsmen continue to violate the law. He said money is also paid to farmers when herdsmen damage their crops to avoid conflict.
Governor Ikpeazu said the initiative is to gain the trust of the people and avoid them taking laws into their hands.
He also said different mechanisms have been put in place to enforce the ban on open grazing in Abia State. A committee headed by the State Commissioner for Police with Miyetti Allah, Local Government Chairs, and traditional rulers as members was created the find solution to the farmers-herders clash in the state.
The Governor condemned the recent attack on Fulani herdsmen by members of the Eastern Security Network in Abia State. He said the perpetrators of the crime will be brought to book.
Governor Ikpeazu urged the federal government to tackle the farmers-herders issue by looking at the root cause of the crisis.