According to a directive issued by the
Ebonyi State Government on Tuesday, all cattle herders in the state should
henceforth carry identity cards to help solve problems of identification in the
advent of any crime.
The deputy governor of the state, Dr.
Kelechi Igwe announced this new development while briefing journalists on the
outcome of a special security meeting arranged by Governor. Umahi at the
government house in Abakaliki.
In attendance was the leadership of the
state chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN)
in the state.
Igwe expressed worry on the part of
government over reported cases of killings in the communities by MACBAN
members, destruction of farm crops and produce in the community suspected to be
by same people too.
“The leadership of the various Local
Government Areas (LGAs) should immediately liaise with MACBAN leadership to
provide identity cards for herders operating in their domains.
“The various communities in the state
are empowered to arrest any under-aged cattle rearers grazing around their
communities and hand them over to the police for prosecution.
“The chief herder, who is the custodian
of such under-aged person, must be prosecuted by the police in accordance with
“Rape cases are not exempted from this
as the perpetrators must be produced within seven days for arrest and
“Community leaders, LGA chairmen,
Development Centre Coordinators, among others, should take responsibility and
produce those who attack herders and their cattle for prosecution within seven
“Herders should henceforth reside in communities where they rear their cattle and anyone bearing arms on the roads in areas where infractions occur would also be prosecuted by the police,” Igwe said.