The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, is clamouring for the urgent creation of special courts in the State, for the prosecution of rapists, other offenders, Page 36 learnt.
In a in a communique issued after a Security Council meeting on Tuesday, in Abakaliki, the State capital, Governor Umahi said that the move became necessary, to try offenders of Covid-19 laws, cases of cultism, herdsmen attacks, rape, and killings in the State.
He spoke through the Deputy Governor, Kelechi Igwe, after meeting with members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, in the State, at Akanu Ibiam International Conference Centre.
He noted that the special courts will resolve the cases of rape, killings, attacks in some communities suspected to be members of Miyetti Allah, adding that, these incidents have led to destruction of farmlands, and disruption of peace in the communities affected.
He warned the leadership of the Association, that they will be held responsible for any destruction of crops, rape, killing, and attack on communities, if they do not produce the perpetrators of the evil act among their membership within 7 days, for arrest and prosecution.
Governor Umahi also asked the Community Leaders and other Political Stakeholders in the State, to take responsibility in their communities.
In doing this, he urged them to produce attackers on herdsmen and their cows for arrest and prosecution, whenever such occurs within 7 days.
While expressing worry over the killings and attacks in the communities, Governor Umahi directed that all herders must reside within communities where they graze their cows.
This comes as the State Government prohibited the grazing of cows around School premises, Churches, and government properties.