- The governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi, has spoken about the deteriorating security situation in the southeast zone
- Umahi explains why it is unsafe for herdsmen to reside in Ebonyi for now
- Police formations in the southeast zone have been under attacks from unknown gunmen
The governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi, has said the attacks on police formations in the southeast zone are carried out by criminals and bandits.
Umahi made the statement on Tuesday, April 20, in Abakaliki, the state capital, The Cable reported.
Due to security reasons, he told herdsmen to stay away from the state for now.
He stated that many herdsmen have left the state of their own volition. The governor denied evicting the herders from Ebonyi
“We didn’t ask them to leave. They left on their own, which means they were privy to the attacks on Ebonyi state.
“There is high tension. We have sent text messages to Myetti Allah that Ebonyi state is under tension and we would not want them to still stay until such a time that the state is safe.”
According to Premium Times, he raised concerns over the security situation in the southeast.
He noted the killing of policemen, and burning police station show that the herdsmen issue is not the only security problem in the region.
The governor said:
“How would we feel if the federal government withdraws policemen from the zone as a result of this development?
Meanwhile, the Abia police command said hoodlums were responsible for the Monday, April 19, attack on Uzuakoli police station located in the Bende local government area of the state.
The spokesman of the command, Godfrey Ogbonna, disclosed that the perpetrators attacked the police station with dynamites and a rocket launcher.
According to PM News, he said the raid on the police formation happened at about 3am.
The police spokesperson noted that the attack led to the destruction of the station and some vehicles parked on the premises.
In another news, the Nigerian government said it is opposed to the reported plan by the UK to grant asylum to members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, on Tuesday, April 20, in Abuja described the decision by the UK government as sabotaging the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.