Herdsmen & Cows in Akwa Ibom State

The governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, has warned marauding herdsmen in the state not to infringe on the rights of people through their trade.

The governor also expressed discontent over unprovoked attacks on residents of the state, while commiserating with the family of late Mr. Francis Etor of Ikot Obio Nso in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area, who was shot dead by suspected herdsmen in his farm.

The governor, who was represented on the occasion by Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, condemned the dastardly act of the herdsmen and wondered why the cattle rearers attack harmless farmers in their own land.

 Herdsmen Attack on A’Ibom community: Gov Emmanuel urges security agencies to fish out culprits (Opens in a new browser tab) He said:  “Although we are peaceful and civilised in Akwa Ibom State,  the elasticity of our patience is not infinite. As it is said in science, when the limit of elasticity is exhausted, there must be a rupture.

 “Cattle rearing is a noble trade, so is farming. Someone must not use his trade to infringe on another man’s trade, more so in his own land. ‘’We are not in the animal kingdom where survival of the fittest is the order. We are in a society governed by the rule of law. The rights of our people must be respected.

 “I am using this medium to call on the police, Department of State Service, DSS, and other security partners to ensure that those who perpetrated this dastardly act are apprehended and justice is served publicly.

Gov Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State

This is the only way the deceased’s family will have succour.’’ Mkpat Enin LG boss appeals for calm Earlier, Chairman of Mkpat Enin council, Mr. Ekanem Brown, commended the state government for its swift response and the personal visit of the SSG to condole with the victims of the crisis and Mkpat Enin people.

 He said: “Dear governor, your personal visit through the SSG, speaks volumes of your love for Mkpat Enin people and the fact that we took the right decision by voting you for the second tenure.

 “SSG sir, we have been doing our best to calm the youths. Emotions were very high yesterday (Saturday) and I believe this visit will calm our youths. “I join you to request that our security officials should not spare any effort at ensuring that justice is served. I, therefore, call on our youths and elders to remain peaceful.

“As we can see, peace has returned to the area. I reassure our visitors, investors, and expatriates that Mkpat Enin is peaceful and we won’t allow any group to jeopardise that peace.”