Police detectives attached to the military headquarters in Abuja have arrested the Secretary of the Delta State Livestock Management Commission (DSLMC), Mr. Ikechukwu Ezechi, at Kwale, Ndokwa West Local Council of Delta State.
The Guardian summarized that Ezechi was arrested following a petition by a cattle owner, Alhaji Musa, who claimed he was asked to leave the community by the secretary of the committee.
Sources said Ezesi was in a cold war with Musa who deliberately refused to leave the Umusum Ogbe settlement in Kwale due to the incessant destruction of farmland by cattle.
He also acted on the anti-open grazing law, enacted two years ago to curb the incessant farmers-herdsmen conflicts, and called on Alhaji Musa to cage his cattle. It has been found.
The DSLMC Coordinator for Delta North Senatorial District, Matthew Ujen, confirmed the development, saying police officers in Abuja arrested the Commissioner following a petition by Alhaji Musa, who allegedly refused to abide by the government’s anti-grazing law. He said he had come.
Ujen said: “Mr. Musa called me and said that he was going to bring one of his sons who had stolen the cow. I said I would tell them to do it.
“I was inside and my secretary Ezechi was outside. Then one Siena came in a car and some police officers got out of the car and arrested the secretary.
“The officers, who claimed to be from military headquarters in Abuja, entered the civil defense office and began searching everywhere.”
They said they came to arrest me because I mobilized the community to kill the cow and incited the Umu Sam community to ask Mr. Musa to move the cow away from the community.
“However, some herders have agreed to pay compensation for farmland destroyed in Umsum or leave their communities if they cannot pay. In return, he brought in police officers to disseminate these arrangements.
“They claimed that I was using the anti-open grazing law to intimidate them. But now they are bringing the police from Abuja to intimidate us.” This issue Mr. George Nbuzor, Secretary of the Umusum Ogbe Community Development Committee, had invited Mr. Musa to participate in peace talks over the continued invasion and destruction of crops by the community, but Mr. Musa accepted the invitation. He said there was no.
According to him, the community had agreed that the herdsmen would leave because they could not control the cattle, but he came to the meeting held at Okpara-Uku’s palace to beg, but arrested our secretary. He said he only returned with the police for the purpose.
An NSCDC official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also confirmed that Mr. Ezesi was arrested by operatives of the sister security agency, but could not provide further details. When contacted, the Delta State Police Command spokesperson, Bright Edafe, said the arrest was made by police officers at the military headquarters in Abuja.