Ebonyi goes tough on ban on open grazing

Obinna Uchendu
Abakaliki

Urges Police To Protect Their Stations

The Ebonyi State government has called on security agencies and other relevant authorities in the state to ensure the strict enforcement of the law banning open grazing and movement of cows within the state.

The directive was handed down to the security agencies by the Secretary to the State Government and Coordinating Commissioner, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala while briefing journalist after an expanded security meeting at the State Executive Council Chambers Old Government House Abakaliki.

The SSG who maintained that the State Government would not go back on the ban on open grazing and movement of cows in the state noted that the enforcement became necessary to ensure that the law is not violated.

On the proposed formation of new vigilente groups numbering over 1000 in the 13 local government areas of the State, the Secretary to the State Government noted that the state would not go beyond the provision of the law establishing the group adding that the group would work in synergy with the police to ensure the security of lives and properties of the citizenry.

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He said that each community is expected to have at least 5 vigilante group which brings the number to 700 while 300 would be deployed to the capital city and they are expected to patrol the communities and the villages.

The council had extensive discussion on the establishment of vigilante and we want to take our security from the grassroot the way it has always been traditionally. Every community in Ebonyi state is to have five vigilante and that will give us a total of 700 vigilantes at the 13 local government areas of Ebonyi State”.

“They will be responsible outside our normal community vigilantes that have always been our traditional way of safeguarding our people which the government encouraged that all the villages and communities should set out their own vigilante”.

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The SSG said that the State government has already concluded arrangement for the procurement of 30 Hilux van that would be distributed to security agencies while another set of 80 Sienna Toyota bus would be procured for members of the state vigilante groups.

Dr. Ugbala said that the meeting frowned at the level of extortion by security agencies and directed motorist and other road users to resist any extortion or illegal collection of money by security agencies as that would reduce the pressure on motorist.

“On the attacks on police divisions, the SSG said that the council resolved that the police in Ebonyi State and other security agencies should do their best to protect their police stations adding that any police station that allows the division or area command to be attacked, government will have no option than to allow such division or command to be closed down”.

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“Our reason is that the security agencies have the primary responsibility of protecting not only their stations or personels working with them but our citizens but where they cannot even protect themselves, it is a big problem because they are trained for that”.

“We encourage to have a combined team of security guides at each of the police stations and area commands throughout the state”. Ends.

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