South-East Governors ban Fulani herdsmen with guns & machetes from region

Fulani Herdsman

The South-East Governors on Saturday announced a ban on Fulani herdsmen moving around with guns and machetes in the zone.

Governor David Umahi, the Chairman of the SE Governors Forum, revealed this while speaking to journalists after a meeting of the Igbo governors in Enugu.

“We have banned herders who move around with AK-47 and machetes, and we want  the  security agencies to enforce the order,” the SE Governors said.

Governor Umahi also revealed that the SE Governors had requested for a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and chiefs of security agencies, which is important as it would help reduce tension in the zone.

“We also agreed that we have to put measures in place to restrain movement of herdsmen and their cattle from one state to another which is a source and point of conflict with the natives and farmers,” the SE Governors added.

The SE Governors also revealed that a joint air surveillance to flush out bandits from the zone was also agreed in the meeting.

The governors also spoke on the accusation by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) against Igbo leaders over the Nigerian Army Operation Python Dance in the region in 2017.

IPOB had following the physical assault on Senator Ike Ekweremadu, the Ex-Deputy Senate President, in Germany, revealed that their members in over 100 countries around the world had been ordered to attack any Igbo leader they see abroad for their role in the army operation that led to the death of some Biafra agitators in the region.

The governors in the statement on Saturday vehemently denied that they were behind the army operation against Biafra agitators in the region.

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