The Commissioner of Police, Imo State, CP Chris Okey Ezike held a meeting today 29/01/2018 with Traditional Rulers, Miyetti Allah, representatives of Hausa/Fulani herdsmen and community farmers in Imo State at the Imo State Police Command headquarters, Owerri.
In attendance include the following:
-HRH Eze George Eke; Ubomiri
-HRH Eze B. A. Nmadinobi; Ahiazu
-HRH Eze A. C. Enynnaya; Ndugwu I of Obinze Owerri West
-HRH Eze Obodoagwu Everistus Nji; Ohaji/Egbema
-HRH Eze Emmanuel Assor; Ohaji
-HRH Eze A. N. Ezenwoke; Awa in Ohaji/Egbema
-HRH Eze W. A. C. Uwakwe; Opuoma Ohaji/Egbema
-HRH Eze Iheanacho Ndukwe; Okigwe
-HRH Eze Mike Okere; Avu Ancient Kingdom
-HRH Eze Alh. Shittu K. Ejiogu; Mbaitoli
HRH Eze J. O. Amaechi; Mgbisi, Ohaji/Egbema
Hon. Faisal Lawal; SA to the Governor on Northern Affairs
Chairman Miyetti Allah Alh Abdulahi Mohammed Dikko Ajara
Representative of Sarki Hausa Imo State Alh. Suleiman
Representative of Community farmers from Ohaji/Egbema; Otiri C. Otiriga of Egbema
Alh Bala Adamu; Representative of herders – Okigwe
And members of the Hausa/Fulani community
The Imo State Police Command periodically holds meetings with the following groups to brainstorm on various steps to strengthen the peaceful, cordial and harmonious relationship that exists between the indigenes of the state and cattle herders. The meeting ended fruitfully with the following resolutions:
1. The existing mechanism at the local government level made up of the Transitional Committee chairmen, Traditional rulers, the Divisional Police Officers (DPO), the DSS, community farmers and cattle herders should be strengthened to address complaints emanating from destruction of farm crops and rustling.
2. Efforts should be made to identify herders from unknown origin who operate within the state and cause destruction of farm crops.
3. Justice and fair play must be embraced in addressing conflicts between community farmers and cattle herders.
At the end of the meeting, traditional rulers, the SA to the Governor on Northern Affairs, the Miyetti Allah, the representatives of the community farmers, the representatives of the cattle herders and representatives of the Hausa/Fulani community in the State expressed satisfaction with outcome of the meeting and promised to continue with the existing harmonious living relationship amongst the parties.