Due to the loss of lives in the South-East state as a result of clashes between herdsmen and farmers, the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi yesterday called on herdsmen planning to return to the state to stay where they are until tensions are doused.
Umahi maintains that the state is not yet safe for them to return owing to persistent killings in some parts of the state and that there could be reprisal attacks which could eventually lead to blood bath.
The governor said that he would implement the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari against herdsmen carrying AK-47 in the state, even as he accused members of the Miyetti Allah of having earlier knowledge of the two deadly attacks in some parts of the state.
Umahi spoke at a press briefing at the end of an enlarged state Security Council meeting in Abakaliki, the state capital.
“We will confront any herdsmen coming into Ebonyi State with AK-47, I have directed that they should be confronted and my directive is very obvious because Mr President had already directed as such.
“Again, I have been begging the National leadership that with what is going on, that no state governor is in control of bandits and because of the killings of the defenceless Ebonyi people, for the safety of them, they should not return now”, he explained.