Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu has said that the state will fully implement the resolution of the southern governors to ban open grazing in the region.
Ikpeazu said that the ban became necessary as a result of the influx of criminal herders from other parts of West Africa into the country.
The Governor spoke on Saturday while addressing journalists via a Zoom meeting.
He said, “We are now at the point of making sure that we enforce and implement it and even in doing that I must also share what I see as a challenge to the enforcement of that law.
“The law is in place and we are taking steps to enforce it.
“It has become imperative that we enforce that law strictly because we just noticed that we have big-time trouble in our hands.
“We have those that we refer to as criminal herdsmen; they are different from the ordinary herdsmen that we have been living with all these years.
“We now have in our mist bandits that have infiltrated from the rest of West Africa and other parts of Africa and their assignment is to come here rape, kill and kidnap people for money.
“It is now very imperative that we enforce that law.”