- A security outfit has been launched in the southeast to protect Igbo farmers from armed herdsmen
- The initiative is the brainchild of the Igbo National Congress (INC), an influential pressure group in the region
- The INC says the network was set-up to prevent the murder and maiming of local Igbo farmers by marauding armed herdsmen
A group, Igbo National Congress (INC) has launched a regional security network for the protection of the south-east forests and farmlands.
The INC says the network was set-up to prevent the murder and maiming of local Igbo farmers by marauding armed herdsmen.
The group also disclosed that the security outfit will be called ‘Operation Lion Walk.’
INC national president Godsent Chilos unveiled the security network on Monday, June 15 during a press briefing.
According to him, the decision due to the seeming failure of southeast governors to establish a regional vigilante force.
He said the group would no longer condone the killings, maimings and rapin*gs of Igbo farmers by violent herdsmen said to be hiding in forests in the region.
The Igbo group had earlier issued a 21-day ultimatum to the herdsmen to vacate the forests and farmlands of the southeast.
This operation is aimed at fishing out and flushing out every criminal element who are criminally hiding in or occupying our farmlands and forests using same as hideouts to commit sacrilege against the Igbo nation.
The Igbo National Council (INC), therefore, charge all the town unions, traditional rulers and youth organisations of communities of the Igbo nation that has not constituted their vigilante groups to immediately, the group stated.
On Sunday, June 14, suspected herdsmen killed at least nine farmers in Agatu local government area of Benue state.
Suleiman Usman Alilu, chairman of the local government area, confirmed that farmers were killed during the attack.
The chairman explained that the herdsmen stormed Adana village as early as about 5:30 am when residents were just getting up and attacked the locals.
Recently, the House of Representatives urged the federal government to stop the entry of foreign herdsmen into Nigeria.
This was contained in a motion brought to the lower chambers of the National Assembly by the minority leader in the House of Representatives, Honourable Ndudi Elumelu.
Contributing to the motion, lawmakers stated that herdsmen have been on a rampage, destroying farmlands and killing innocent Nigerians.
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