The Ebonyi State governor, Chief David Umahi yesterday ordered the State Commissioner of Police, CP Peace Ibekwe Abdallah to within seven days evict all herdsmen who settled in the premises of the State University.
The governor, who gave the order in Abakaliki during the Agric Sumit organised by the state government to boost rice production in the state, noted that the university environment was no place for nomadic herdsmen.
Governor Umahi stated that students and herdsmen cannot reside in the same environment adding that the eviction was as a result of the situation.
The governor, however opposed the calls for a reprisal attack on Fulani herdsmen in the South East zone over the brutal killing of over 30 persons in Ukpabi Nimbo, Uzouwani local government area in Enugu State by alleged Fulani herdsmen.
He insisted that though he was the first South East governor to publicly condemn the dastardly act, the Hausa Fulani community in the state has a long history of peaceful settlement and have not been implicated in any criminal activity.
He added that those nomadic herdsmen should be allowed to pass to and fro in the state provided they do so peacefully without causing harm to the people or destruction of crops in the state.
Umahi insisted that waging a war against the Fulani herdsmen would have grave implications.
“Hausa-Fulani community in Ebonyi State has a long history of peaceful and harmonious settlement and have not been implicated in any criminal activity. But those who are nomadic should be allowed to pass to and fro Ebonyi provided they do so peacefully, without causing harm to people or destruction of crops in Ebonyi”.
“Those who are settled in the premises of the university must quietly and peacefully be evicted by the Commissioner of Police because the university environment is no place for nomadic herdsmen,” Umahi said.
Against the backdrop of the dastardly killings in Enugu, the governor recalled that he held 18 hours of security meetings.