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12 Feb 2018

Herdsmen attacks: The killers are not Fulani – Governor Okorocha Says

The Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has said it was absolutely wrong to associate Fulani with killer herdsmen.

The Governor, however, condemned killing of innocent Nigerians, adding that herdsmen who kill should be dealt with according to the provisions of the law.

Okorocha said this yesterday when members of Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim led by its Supreme Head, the Prelate, His Eminence, Solomon Alao, visited him at the Government House, Owerri.

On whether the Imo State Government has created a cattle colony as proposed by the Federal Government, Okorocha, said, “There is a cattle market in the state and not a cattle colony.”

He added that the state government encouraged indigenes to go into cattle business because it was lucrative and that government would continue to support them with provision of ranches.

The governor said it was, “absolutely wrong to associate the Fulanis with the killer-herdsmen.”

Okorocha explained that the “herdsmen who kill should be treated as criminals, and should not be used to stigmatise the Fulanis, whose men and women had largely contributed to nation-building.

“The fact remains that no one in this country has the right to take another person’s life in whatever disguise. For herdsmen to kill anybody is not right and that must be condemned,” he stated.

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