Imo State Government has launched a move for the recovery of about 100 cattle, which are said to be missing during a clash between the herders and residents of the Ezinihitte Mbaise Local Government Area of the state on Monday.
The herders and the locals had clashed over grazing sites.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, said in a statement, “The situation is under control. The disagreement between the two parties will be settled amicably. Governor Hope Uzodinma has personally intervened in the crisis and has given an assurance that the government will resolve all the issues in dispute amicably.
“The government of Imo State regretted the unfortunate incident that happened in Ezinihitte Mbaise a few days ago, which led to the loss of many cows by the herdsmen.
“It is unfortunate that out of the 127 cows that were attacked by the villagers, only 27 have been recovered so far.
“The government is using the opportunity to appeal to the residents of the neighbouring local government areas of Obowo and Okigwe to join in the search for the missing cows.
“Community leaders and residents should, as a matter of urgency, provide useful information about the cows to the Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs or the transition committee chairmen or security agencies, while those in the affected LGAs should remain calm and go about their legitimate engagements. The people living in the areas should cooperate with their leaders and security agencies in the search for the missing cows.”