The Abia State Government has accused herders of being responsible for the various kidnapping activities in the state.
The Commissioner for Information in the state, John Kalu, said this in a statement made available to journalists on Monday.
He said that the Abia State Government condemned “without reservations, the activities of criminal herdsmen suspected to have masterminded recent brazen kidnap of innocent citizens around Abia North Senatorial Zone of the State”.
Mr Kalu said the herdsmen with their cows graze illegally resulting in destruction of farmlands.
“Government also frowns seriously at the wanton destruction of cows by yet to be identified individuals whose aim is to exacerbate already existing tensions.
“Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has directed security agents in the state to bring to justice all those involved in the criminal activities,” the commissioner added. He urged residents not to be afraid to go out for their legitimate businesses.
The state government, he said, was on top of the situation and would “spare nothing in protecting Abians”.