Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has ordered vigilantes and the Local Government Areas leadership to immediately enforce the ban on open grazing across the state.
The governor said that though there was no herder presently in the state, the ban on open grazing should be seriously enforced.
“Individuals who make inciting statements on the social media should desist because such increases tension in the land,” he said.
“How would we feel if the Federal Government withdraws policemen from the zone as a result of this development?
“The people claiming to protect us are not doing so and we should avoid creating another monster in the zone,” he said.
Umahi reiterated his call on policemen to protect themselves and their facilities as the situation was becoming worrisome.
“I have directed them to demobilise anyone aiming to attack them and this is contained in the police rule of engagement,” he said.
The governor ordered the arrest of some people whose inciting utterances escalated the conflict and killings especially in Effium and Mgbo communities of the state.