One Reported Dead As Herdsmen Invade Community In Cross River

Imani Odey  
Updated November 6, 2017
One Reported Dead As Herdsmen Invade Community In Cross River
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Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, has condemned the invasion of suspected herdsmen which left one person dead in a community in the state.

He alleged that the herdsmen came to his state to perpetuate violence after they left Benue State as a result of the enforcement of the Open Grazing Law by the state government.

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According to the governor, intelligence information revealed that the suspects invaded a community in Yala Local Government Area of the state and following a little argument, a skirmish ensued leading to the death of one person and others injured.

Addressing a press conference after a closed-door security meeting which held on Monday in Calabar, he called on the Federal Government to intervene in the matter to prevent more attacks on the community bordering Benue State.

“Currently, the situation is where farmers feel a deep sense of loss with the continuous grazing on their economic crops while the herdsmen are also desperately looking for pasture to sustain their cattle, it’s a complex situation,” he said.

“But obviously, this passage of the Anti-Open Grazing Law fully in Benue State and its implementation is taking a havoc effect on Cross River State.”

He added that the state government is under pressure from the affected community to ensure that the herdsmen are relocated elsewhere for the sake of peace.

On his part, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Hafiz Inuwa, said security personnel were immediately dispatched to the community while peace has been restored.