By Henry Okonkwo
Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has revealed that various communities in his state have been getting death threat letters from herdsmen, promising that they would raid their areas and massacre everyone.
Governor Umahi said this during an enlarged security council meeting on Thursday.
The governor charged the people of the state to always be ready to confront their attackers.
He said, “We note that there have been threats from herders with AK-47 sending text messages to Ebonyi State that they are coming to attack us.
“We have resolved as a people to confront anybody, whether he is a herder or criminal that will come into the state with any gun to kill, or anyone that enters the state with the intention to commit assault.
“Protect yourself in all the nooks and crannies of the state; confront anybody that wants to kill our people. If the people want to kill with a stick, look for a stick. Don’t look for security people to come, no sleeping day and night, protect yourself.
“Form your vigilante at the local government, Ebubeagu must do everything to protect the people.
“No more need to be afraid. If they write you that they are coming, tell them to come, this is our position.
“The traditional rulers, our leaders where the ring roads will pass, have assured us of adequate security.
“And all local government chairmen are to form joint security with the traditional rulers.
“Traditional rulers and their representatives where there is no one alive, the CAN leadership, councilors and leaders should form a very united committee to resolve all communal crises and maintain peace in their areas.”