The Abia State Chapter of Mayetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, MACBAN, has urged communities in Obingwa Local Government Area of the state to always demand for the phone numbers of herdsmen in their community.
Speaking at a town hall meeting in Eastern Ngwa Police Division, Umuobiakwa area of the Obingwa Local Government, Chairman of MACBAN in the state, Alhaji Hassan Buba warned that any herdsman who refused to give out his number should be reported to the appropriate authorities.
Buba explained that the measure will help to checkmate herdsmen who invade farms and destroy crops and properties.
According to Buba, “I plead with the traditional rulers of the various communities to seek the telephone number of any herdsman who comes into their area of authority to graze cattle.
“They should forward such telephone numbers to us to check trouble makers. If the herdsman refuses to cooperate and release his telephone number, the community should report to the security agencies and avoid taking the laws into their hands. This will go a long way to forestall clashes between herdsmen and their host communities.”
This is coming at a time when MACBAN signed a pact with the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose over the peaceful co-existence between herdsmen and farmers.