“It is an insult for me to be struggling to enter the Government House with cows on the road,” Governor Umahi said.
Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi has banned movement of cattle in the state capital, Abakaliki and its environs with immediate effect.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Governor Umahi made the disclosure on Wednesday in Abakaliki during a statewide broadcast.
“I have told relevant security agencies in the state that I will no longer tolerate seeing cows within the centenary city and its environs such as the international market and new shopping mall among others.
“It is an insult for me to be struggling to enter the Government House with cows on the road,” he said.
The governor directed the state Attorney General to get a court order to auction cows seen within these vicinity.
Umahi also said that the state would not allow movement of Quranic pupils (Almajiri) to the state as the northern states governors had directed that such persons should be returned to their respective states.
“We will not allow Almajiris in Ebonyi and we have to tell ourselves the truth as a people,” he said.
It was recalled that South-East Governors had placed a ban on the movement of herdsmen with AK47 and their cattle from one community to the other, nothing that their activities have been the cause of conflict between herdsmen and farmers in the zone.
Ohanaeze Youth had also warned that any herdsman caught moving with cows from Community to Community will taste the full Wrath of Igbo.