The Abia State House of Assembly has passed a resolution asking security agencies in the state to henceforth search all trucks and vehicles entering the state, especially those carrying cows, tomatoes and onions from the North.

The resolution was in response to the menace of herdsmen in parts of the country.

The motion that led to the resolution was moved under a matter of urgent public importance by the Minority Leader and member representing Bende South State Constituency, Mr Chibuzor Okogbuo.

Okogbuo expressed fear that if nothing was done urgently, the recent incident at Ukpabi Nimbo in Uzo Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, where more than 40 villagers were massacred and hundreds wounded by Fulani herdsmen, could spread to other parts of the zone.

The lawmakers enjoined communities in the state to be vigilant and proactive to resist and report the activities of herdsmen at the nearest police station before they wreak havoc.

The House also urged security agencies in the state to mount surveillance and set up patrol team to keep an eye on herdsmen and watch out for weapons.

The lawmakers said that those in possession of such illegal arms should be prosecuted by security agencies, stressing that doing that will help to curb the excesses of the herdsmen and others like them.



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