The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has issued a stern warning to the Enugu State governor, Peter Mbah, urging him to abandon any intentions to establish a cattle ranch in Nimbo, located in the Uzowani community of Enugu State.
The group’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful made this known in a statement released on Monday.
IPOB vehemently rejected the proposed establishment of the ranch, asserting that such a move poses a significant threat to the region.
Powerful emphasized that Governor Mbah is inclined towards creating a cattle ranch in Enugu State, a local entrepreneur should manage it rather than involving external interests.
The statement conveyed, “We, the global family IPOB, hereby advise Mbah to stop his sellout plans to bring the cattle ranch to Nimbo Community.”
Highlighting previous concerns raised by IPOB regarding alleged plans to allocate community land to Fulani herdsmen for the establishment of RUGA settlements, Powerful reiterated the group’s stance against such arrangements.
Furthermore, IPOB disclosed its ongoing surveillance of Governor Mbah and his associates, affirming their commitment to preventing the establishment of any cattle ranch within Enugu State.
Expressing readiness to take decisive action if necessary, IPOB warned of potential repercussions should Governor Mbah proceed with his plans, urging community members to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities related to the establishment of cattle ranches.
The group’s directive extended beyond Enugu State, cautioning all South-East governors against entertaining similar proposals for cattle ranches within the region.
In light of the escalating tensions, IPOB reiterated its determination to uphold the interests of the people and safeguard the ancestral lands of Enugu State against perceived threats posed by external influences.
The situation underscores the deep-rooted concerns surrounding land use and ownership in the region, as well as the broader implications for local communities amidst evolving socio-political dynamics.