Herdsmen vow to remain in Imo community after deadline to vacate

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Tension is rising in Obokofia, a community in Ohaji/Egbema local council of Imo State as herdsmen were said to have vowed to remain in the community’s lands after the deadline to vacate.

On Wednesday, some herders shot sporadically into the air to scare community people and to resist the ultimatum given them to leave the community.

The tension in Imo is building as President Muhammadu Buhari met with security chiefs in Aso Rock in Abuja, with the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, saying the strategy adopted by security chiefs to tackle insecurity in the country was working.

This is even as former Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Lagos, His Eminence, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie, said Nigeria was now facing the truth on account of the controversies trailing the Ruga settlement proposal for herders across the country, which the Federal Government has suspended.

In his reaction, Special Adviser to the governor on Media, Steve Osuji, said: “On the herders and farmers crisis, we just appeal to people to respect each others’ rights. Don’t invade people’s farms and destroy them. We will continue to engage the leadership of Hausa community in the state to advise their people to live peacefully with their host communities.

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