The Abia State Police Commissioner, Mr. Anthony Ogbizi, has assured the victims of Farmer/ Herdsmen clashes in the state with convincing evidence of compensation.
Ogbizi, who is also the Chairman of the Farmers/ Herdsmen Conflict Resolution Committee in his maiden meeting with stakeholders in Umuahia, Abia State capital, called on all parties to ensure the existing peace in the state is sustained.
He noted that the gesture was to ensure peaceful coexistence among various groups in the state, especially the herdsmen whose cattle have become causes of incessant clashes.
The CP allayed the fears of victims of such clashes with a promise to pay compensation for damages/ destruction in such clashes.
The Police Commissioner told the stakeholders including government officials, commissioners, council chairmen, traditional rulers and representatives of the herdsmen, that though the clashes are not peculiar to the state, Abia State is comparatively peaceful.
In addition to the offer of compensation, he noted that the state government has also provided two vehicles to facilitate the operations of the committee. He called on the stakeholders to ensure peace in their domain by refusing to take laws into their hands but to document whatever damage incurred and report it to the committee.
“Help us to document and report any damage to crop or cattle and it will be investigated. When the claims are verified and evaluated, we will write to government. The complaints should be documented when they are fresh, rather than reprisal attack,” he said.