- Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state has told the security agents to flush out all criminal elements in the southeast forests
- Umahi made the order on Monday, February 1, in Abakaliki at the APC stakeholders meeting
- The governor said that the movement of cows by foot has been banned in the zone
Following the incessant kidnappings in the southeast geo-political zone of the country, the Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi has called for flushing out of all criminal elements from the forests in the area by security agencies.
The Nation reports that the governor stated this in Abakaliki, capital of the state on Monday, February 1.
Legit.ng gathered that he spoke at the state chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) stakeholders meeting which held at the Ecumenical centre.
Umahi, who is also the chairman of the southeast governors' forum, said the zone had since banned the movement of cows by foot, calling the leaders to exhibit patriotism in their conduct to guarantee unity.
He urged leaders and stakeholders of the zone to speak up and desist from playing politics with the security of the zone and nation.
The governor said that the governors of the southeast had banned open grazing and movement of cows by foot into the zone.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Ogun state House of Assembly passed a resolution calling on the state government to launch the state's security network, Amotekun.
It was reported that the lawmakers passed the resolution after raising concerns over the rising spate of insecurity occasioned by cases of kidnappings, herdsmen crisis, banditry, among others.
The legislators complained about the nefarious activities of some herdsmen accused of engaging in kidnapping and destruction of farmlands under the guise of open grazing for their herds of cattle.
Speaker Oluomo also noted that the State Assembly would soon convey a stakeholders’ forum to steps towards ensuring the passage of the Animal Grazing and Cattle Ranch Establishment Law, 2020.