Herdsmen undermining food production — Catholic Bishop

Herdsmen undermining food production — Catholic Bishop
Catholic Bishops of Nigeria

…Lauds Anambra lawmakers on cordial relationship with government

…As Police cordon off bush to arrest killer herdsmen in Imo

By Vincent Ujumadu & Chinonso Alozie

THE Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese in Anambra State, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, warned yesterday that the actions of herdsmen, whose cattle destroy farmlands, have been undermining meals manufacturing within the nation.

Speaking throughout a church service to mark one yr anniversary of seventh Anambra State House of Assembly, the cleric described the killer herders as a giant menace able to rising starvation within the nation.

According to him, if motion was not taken to  cease the killer herders, there can be famine with its attendant penalties.

He stated: “We condemn the killing and harassment of harmless residents of their farms in some agro communities throughout the nation. Some of them are actually afraid of going to their farms to keep away from being murdered by killer herders.

“We all know the financial implication of not having farm produce, which is that the costs of meals gadgets will enhance and starvation will change into the order of the day.

“I call on the Federal Government to rise to the occasion and put a stop to all forms of killing of innocent citizens in the country, including those who go to farms to produce food for our people.”

Lauds Anambra lawmakers for cordial relationship with government arm

Ezeokafor counseled the cordial relationship present between the legislative and the chief arms of presidency in Anambra State which, he stated, had resulted in peaceable progress within the growth of the state.

He urged the lawmakers to be good representatives of their constituencies in order that the dividends of democracy would get to the grassroots.

The Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Mr. Uche Okafor, whereas presenting a report of the legislature prior to now one yr counseled colleagues for what he referred to as their peaceable disposition of their relationship with the chief arm of presidency within the state, in addition to their dedication to obligation.

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He stated: “At the last count, no fewer than 80 resolutions touching diverse areas of our people’s welfare have been passed by the House. In the past one year, a total of 19 bills comprising executive and members’ bills have been introduced at the floor of the House. Of this number, 10 have been passed and five assented into law.”

Okafor stated the lawmakers’ main goal within the new legislative yr was to place up a  Legislative Budget and Research Office (LEBRO) that will additionally home a printing press for the aim of getting an outfit for knowledgeable finances evaluate and evaluation to advertise good governance and common publication of Hansard and different House periodicals.

Police cordon off bush to apprehend alleged killer herdsmen in Imo

Meantime,  safety operatives have cordoned off the bush round Umuepu, Agwa in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, the place  a farmer, Elder Uzoemena Iriaka was shot useless by suspected armed herdsmen.

The incident, which occurred within the early hours of yesterday attracted the lawmaker representing Oguta state constituency, Frank Ugboma, alongside males of Nigeria Police Force, the place Ugboma advised the offended villagers that the safety males had taken over the realm to make sure that the culprits have been arrested.

He pleaded with the villagers to be calm and cooperate with the safety males on floor to allow them arrest the killers.

He stated amongst different issues that his individuals should get justice and that  was the rationale he got here to see issues for himself.

According to the lawmaker, “We want to tell you that your cry has reached the government. I called the commissioner of police this morning immediately you people told me about this story and the commissioner of police responded immediately and sent his men and now they are here. This is to show that we have a responsive government.”

Giving an account of what transpired, an indigene of the affected space who launched himself as Hyginus Eziwanne, stated they have been busy doing a group work to regulate erosion inside their space.”

And “When our individuals noticed these herdsmen within the bush,  some men and women approached them that they’ve been damaging their farms and pleaded with them to depart and after they agreed to depart and everyone began going house.

“Before you know it the herdsmen   opened fire at us and shot this man,  Uzoemena Iriaka, to  death not only that they gave him a matchet cut and everybody ran away.”


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