The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has ordered a fresh headcount of herdsmen in the state.
The governor gave the order on Tuesday during one-day stakeholders’ security summit at the Prof Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka, the Anambra State capital.
Obiano, who said there was headcount last year, maintained that after the new census, police and other security agencies should treat any roaming herdsmen in the state as criminals.
The governor said,
“You should treat any itinerant herdsmen as criminals. Security reports show that it is these itinerant headers that commit all manner of crimes to have their way through.
“They are the people that kill, kidnap, rape and harass the people with impunity. Those of them carrying any type of firearms should be treated as armed robbers.”
Obiano said the security and welfare of the people had remained top priorities for his government.
He urged the stakeholders, including security agencies, community leaders, vigilantes, youths to strive to keep the state’s record as one of the safest states in the country, while vouching his government’s continued support in that respect.
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who was represented by Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Finance and Administration, Joseph Egbunike, expressed dissatisfaction with the activities of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra who he accused of fomenting trouble in the South-East.