Umahi orders arrest of individuals circulating video alleging assault on herders in Ebonyi
The Chairman of the Southeast Governors Discussion board and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi on Monday directed the fast arrest and prosecution of some individuals alleged to be circulating a video and audio message on social media that Fulani herdsmen have been below assault within the state.
Umahi made this identified whereas talking with journalists shortly after an emergency assembly between the state authorities and the management of Miyeti Allah, which happened on the cupboard workplace.
The Governor stated the video and audio circulating social media was already inflicting panic and pressure within the nation, particularly within the state.
He, nonetheless, alleged that the opposition social gathering and different perceived enemies of the federal government are behind the circulation of such movies, with the intention to breach the present relationship between the Ebonyi State authorities and Fulani herdsmen.
He stated: “I’ve famous that the video and audio round on social media platforms are creating worry. In Abakaliki native authorities space final night time, two cows have been killed and so, my directive is that the safety businesses ought to get up.
“They need to arrest anyone that’s making an attempt to debate any matter that’s between life and loss of life together with the Fulani herdsmen.
This have to be taken significantly and I cannot settle for the delay in retrieving this faux information that’s inflicting panic already in all around the nation.
“That’s not an excellent factor, as a result of we stored quiet.
“I need the legal professional basic and commissioner for justice and native authorities chairmen to direct the herdsmen to maintain watch over their cattle.
“I additionally need the native authorities to examine if we are able to present further safety across the herdsmen on the native stage” he said.
In the meantime, the management of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Affiliation, MACBAN in Ebonyi has disassociated itself from the purported controversial video and audio.
The Chairman of MACBAN, Alhaji Usman Ishaku, in a communiqué in Abakaliki denied the allegation making the rounds that herdsmen have been attacked and chased out from the state.
“The audio and video in circulation on social media platforms alleging that herdsmen have been being attacked and chased out of Ebonyi State, are false, faux, deceptive and an orchestrated try by mischief makers and enemies of peace to trigger disharmony between the peace-loving individuals of Ebonyi and Fulani herdsmen residents within the state” the group said.
Alhaji Usman Ishaku maintained that herdsmen have been having fun with their keep in Ebonyi and that there was no violence.