To prevent breakdown of law and order due to herdsmen and farmers clashes, the governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi has ordered the collation of data on all herdsmen operating in the state.

This is to ensure easy identification of alleged strangers.

Umahi, who gave the order on Friday in Abakaliki at a meeting with traditional rulers, noted that the data should include herdsmen’s names, location and contact phone numbers of their leaders.

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The governor remarked that the decision was reached after series of meetings with security agencies, various committees and representatives of herdsmen in the state.

“Traditional rulers should hold constant meetings with the herdsmen so that they can identify those from Niger Republic and other areas that foment trouble.

“We have been living in peace with the herdsmen for several years but still maintain that there would not be movement of cattle from one area to another in the state,” Umahi said.

He urged the traditional rulers and other concerned authorities to agree on grazing locations with the herdsmen where they would be restricted for their grazing activities.

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“I will provide amenities such as water in such locations because the state government does not have the resources for ranching.

“When the grasses in such areas finish, you should arrange for another location for grazing because we would not tolerate cattle eating or destroying crops on our farmlands.

“Trouble is inevitable but we can handle them maturely through the various committees on herdsmen in the villages, communities and state levels,” he said.

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