Following regional plans of banning open grazing, it has been reported that the Ebonyi State Government has called on security agencies and other relevant authorities in the state to ensure strict enforcement of the law banning open grazing and movement of cows within the state.
According to reports, the order was given to the security agencies by the Secretary to the State Government and Coordinating Commissioner, Dr Kenneth Ugbala, after an expanded security meeting at the Executive Council Chambers, Old Government House, Abakaliki, on Wednesday.
Ugbala asserted that the state government would not go back on the ban on open grazing and movement of cows in the state, adding that the enforcement became necessary to ensure that the law was not violated.
He also said that each community was expected to have at least five vigilante groups which bring the number to 700, while 300 will be deployed to the capital city.
Ugbala made it known that, “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 up their own vigilante”.
He further stressed 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”.
The Commissioner revealed that “Our reason is that the security agencies have the primary responsibility of protecting not only their stations or personnel working with them but our citizens. But where they cannot even protect themselves, it is a big problem because they are trained for that”.