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Abia traditional rulers want government, Assembly to enact law banning open grazing
The Umuahia South Council of Traditional Rulers has called on the legislative arm of the Abia State Government and Executive arm to enact a law which will put to a stop open grazing anywhere in the Local Government Area in particular and Abia State in general.
The traditional rulers also strongly condemned the menace of Fulani herdsmen in the council area.
In a 6-point communiqué jointly signed by the Chairman of the Council, HRM Eze Godfrey C. Onwuka, his Vice, HRH Eze S.I. Anyanwoke, Secretary, HRH Eze A.C. Chikezie, Head PRO, HRH Eze Cyril Ogbenna, Chairman Ndi Eze Umuopara clan, HRM Eze Godfrey C. Ibeakanma, Chairman Ndi Eze Olokoro clan, HRH Eze D.I. Okezie, Chairman Ndi Eze Ubakala clan, HRH Eze R.A. Mbagwu and seven other traditional rulers on behalf of Umuahia South Traditional Rulers Council and made available to newsmen in Umuahia shortly after their general meeting held in their chamber, the royal fathers lamented the incessant invasion of their farmlands, schools and public institutions by the herdsmen and sexual harassment of their daughters and wives by the herdsmen.
The traditional rulers pointed out that these herdsmen often carry dangerous weapons, thereby putting fears in their citizens, adding that “they are also using underage children as herdsmen who the police cannot arrest because of their age”.
The communiqué further accused the herdsmen and their cattle of polluting their streams which are the only source of drinkable water for the communities in the local government area.
UDOKA AGWU, UMUAHIA
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