A nine man committee has been set up by Ebonyi State Government to investigate the remote and immediate cause of the crisis that erupted between farmers and herders in Abakaliki Local Government Area of the state.
While inaugurating the committee at the cabinet Office, Abakaliki, Secretary to the State Government, Dr Kenneth Ugbala charged the committee to conduct a thorough investigation on what caused the crises between the farmers and the herdsmen.
Dr. Ugbala condemned the unfortunate crisis which he said led to the destruction of houses and urged the committee to report back to the central committee within two weeks.
He reminded the people of the State of 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.
The SSG urged all Ebonyi residents to live in unity regardless of religious, ethnicity and political affiliations pointing out that to ensure that Nigeria remains one indefensible 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.
He stated that once the committee submits its report and there is need for the central committee to visit the crisis area, the committee will visit the area and expressed the optimisim that the issues would be resolved amicably.