HON ENGR SAMUEL NWANOSIKE WADES INTO FARMERS-HERDSMEN CRISIS IN IKWERRE LGA

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In line with the press statement signed by Hon Chris Omodu, Chief Press Secretary to the Executive Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Hon Engr Nwanosike has ban night rearing of cattles, bans rearers below 18 years,

He said there must be Compulsory registration of all herders and all herders must have ID card.

Read press statement below;

Hon Engr Samuel Nwanosike (JP), Executive Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, on Saturday waded into the lingering crisis between farmers and herdsmen in the LGA by summoning a meeting between farmers, herdsmen, security heads, traditional rulers, Myetti Allah, cattle owners, Community Development Committee (CDC) Chairmen, Moslem Community, and youth leaders in order to proffer a lasting solution to the crisis.

Hon Nwanosike emphasised the imperativeness of the meeting by stating that it would be unheard of that the leaders of the third tier of government allowed the harmonious relationship between Ikwerre people and the herdsmen go wrong because of some miscreants.

 

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According to him, “It will be very unheard of that under our watch as leaders of the third tier of government, particularly in Ikwerre Local Government, that we sit aloof and allow the relationship that have been existing between the herders and the people of Ikwerre Local Government which has been on for over a hundred years plus today go wrong because of the activities of some miscreants in our midst”.

In a communique issued at the end of the meeting, the Ikwerre LGA Chairman announced thus:

1. A ban of night rearing of cattles. No night grazing. Anyone apprehended would be prosecuted.

2. A ban of cattle rearers below the age of 18 years. No herder below the age of 18 years is allowed to come near Ikwerre LGA. Anyone found guilty would be prosecuted and sent to remand home.

3. There would be a compulsory registration of all herders and number of cows and their owners identified.

4. All herders in Ikwerre LGA must have identity card (ID Card).

5. No herdsman has the right to build a tent or settle in someone’s property / farm land without his permission.

6. No traditional ruler has the right to take laws into his hands for reprisal attack against herdsmen.

He opined that the decisions would put to a stop those activities of cattle wrestling between Fulani men and Hausa men, reiterating that the meeting would save the inconveniences of having future crisis.

Hon Nwanosike asserted that his government sworn an oath to protect the lives and properties of Ikwerre people and to improve their welfare, hence must maintain peaceful coexistence between the herders and the people of Ikwerre LGA.

He recalled that Ikwerre people had always have a good relationship with the herders and coexisted freely.

The Chairman of Ikwerre LGA used the opportunity to call on the people to adhere to the State Government directive on compulsory wearing of face mask in order to flatten the curve of Coronavirus spread.

In their separate speeches, the security heads in Ikwerre LGA promised to liaise with the Chairman in maintaining peace and order in the LGA.

While speaking, the Leaders of Igwuruta, Isiokpo, Ubima, Omagwa and Aluu narrated how the herders and their herds have been damaging their farms since 2014 and invading their communities to destroy their properties whenever they confronted them, adding that all the complains made to the police have proved abortive.

On their part, the CDC Chairmen stated that they will join hands in checkmating the excessive of the herdsmen.

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