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Armed Herdsmen Begs Community To Forgive Them In Imo

“We have assured our people of maximum security promised to handle the whole issue as a matter of urgency and to achieve peace in the area.

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Peace has been deen as remedy to move together along after some suspected armed herdsmen who shot at a host community in Obokofia community in Ohaji/Egbema local government area, Imo State, have asked to be forgiven over the incident.

According to reports, it was the outcome of the security council meeting held on Wednesday in Ohaji/Egbema, by the transition community chairman, Damian Ezeru, alongside leaders of Hausa community and herdsmen.

Ezeru said that he would report to the governor, Emeka Ihedioha, on the outcome of the meeting for his final decision.

Those in the security council meeting included members of  the Department of State Service, Imo state Hausa Community Chairman, Suleman Ibrahim Suleman, leader of the herdsmen, Yahaya Haruna. Vanguard reports.

Other stakeholders included the Town Union President of Obokofia community, Ben Mark Adizua, traditional rulers, as well as members of the clergy.

While Speaking to his people after the security council meeting the Chairman said: “I promised to communicate to the state government on what we have resolved, after hearing from both sides.

“We have assured our people of maximum security promised to handle the whole issue as a matter of urgency and to achieve peace in the area.

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“I urge the people to remain calm for there will not be further violent between them and Herdsmen.

“I have listened carefully to the complaints and plights of our people and I promised to report to the appropriate body for final decision. I pleaded with them to remain calm and not to take laws into their hands.”

Adding to it, representative to the Hausa Community, Suleiman, said: “I want you people to forgive them and forget whatever the damages these herdsmen have caused this community.

Another representative, Haruna, leader of the herdsmen, added his voice: “We want you people to forgive us and we understand the plights of the farmers as a result of what is happening, you know in a family there must be a stubborn child who doesn’t listen to the words of the father or mother and some of them will not obey instructions. Please forgive.”

Vanguard News said to had followed the incident since the breakout between the herdsmen and host community in Obokofia where a farmer was shot by suspected herder. However no live was lost in the said incident.

Since then tension has enveloped the area as farmers were said to have abandoned their farms for fear of being attacked.

The drama continued as the Special Adviser to Imo state governor, Emeka Ihedioha, on Security, told Vanguard that the governor, had ordered the heads of security agencies in the state to have an interface with the leadership of herdsmen in the state. However, nothing has been made public on the meeting. Vanguard reports.

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