The Abia State House of Assembly in an executive session on Monday unequivocally stated to the security chiefs that the laws of the land are too important to be interfered with.
The house urged the security agencies to as a matter of urgency/ public importance implement to the letter the law on control of nomadic cattle rearing and prohibition of grazing routes and reserves of 2018 as a panacea to some of the security challenges in the state.
The Deputy Speaker of the House and Chairman House Committee on Information, Rt Hon. Ifeanyi Uchendu who briefed the press shortly after the interactive session with the Security Chiefs at the Assembly Complex yesterday said while the state is not against any law abiding individual carrying out their lawful activities in the state, the 7th Abia House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Engr. Chinedum Orji will not support the situation where some people will under any guise pose a threat to the lives and property of others.
Rt. Hon. Uchendu assured the State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu and the security operatives in the state of doing all within their powers to support them to succeed. He warned all criminal elements and trouble makers in the state to desist or leave the state as the state would no longer tolerate anyone who poses a security threat to Abians and others living in the state.
On the issue of the incessant clashes between armed herders/farmers imbroglio that has continued to ravage the state unabated, the Deputy Speaker called on all involved not to take laws into their hands as the interactive session with heads of the security operatives is part of strategies aimed at arresting the situation.
He stressed the need for people to get themselves properly acquainted with the laws including that of the control of nomadic cattle rearing and prohibition of grazing routes and reserve which was passed by the House in 2018 and assented to by the Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu and strive to keep by them adding that nobody has the right to take the life of others or destroy their property.
Rt. Hon. Uchendu said they have also interacted with the heads of the security operatives and have taken note of their remarks.
Recalled that the State House of Assembly had last week passed a resolution inviting the heads of all the security operatives in the state to an interactive session on the security challenges with a view of finding a lasting solution to it.