The recent incessant community attacks by Fulani Herdsmen across the country has prompted a counter-defense action by the Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to approve the deployment of the State’s Vigilante outfit, the dreaded Bakassi Boys to all rural communities of the State.
Recall that earlier in the week, there was a clash between soldiers and butchers in Aba which led to the killing of two butchers and almost led to an ethnic clash between Hausa/Fulani and other tribes.
Following this development, all monarchs in the State have been directed by the Governor to nominate 10 youths to the Local Government Commissioner to join a planned intensive training of the Bakassi vigilante for onward deployment to the rural communities.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu expects that they would assist in community policing under the supervision of the police. He also mandated the law enforcement agencies to search and screen all trucks and vehicles conveying live stock, food items and persons into the state from any part of the country as well as search and screen markets and settlements where live stock and dealers are to ensure security.
The State Government has also constituted Farmers/Herdsmen Conflict Resolution Committee in the 17 Local Government Areas of the state to be headed by the Local Government chairmen with Divisional Police Officers in the councils, NSCDC heads, the DSS Local Government Chiefs, Chairmen of Traditional Rulers Council and Heads of Hausa communities in the councils as members.
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The protest was just an escalation of a crisis that began last week, one Hausa man was reportedly burnt to death by the angry mob of protesters.