The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has raised the alarm over what it terms influx of strange persons into the Southeast.
CAN made this known on Sunday in a statement by its southeast chairman, Bishop Dr. Goddy Okafor and the Secretary, Dr. S.C Nwokolo.
The group which maintained its opposition to the controversial RUGA programme, called on the authorities to immediately identify the strange faces
In its words, “all the people without identity, who are flooding the zone should be stopped by immigration and other law enforcement agencies.
“Also, suspected foreign herders and the killer herdsmen are asked to leave the zone immediately. Most of such foreign and killer herders have been identified in some parts of the zone.”
While commending the Southeast Governors for steps taken so far to address activities of killer herdsmen, the group called for strengthening of community policing policy already initiated.
It, however, decried the attitude of “the local government chairmen, traditional rulers, President-Generals, (PGs) and councilors living in the urban areas, thereby abandoning the villagers to their fate.
“We condemn such habit and ask them to start operating from their villages. Let them come back and be the gatekeepers in their villages.”
CAN insisted that “RUGA should be totally abolished. To this effect, we condemn the inciting statements made by the President of Miyyeti Allah, asking for RUGA in all the States, else there won’t be peace in the country.
“CAN is calling for his arrest, as comments credited to him has always been inciting. Let him be tried by a competent court of law.”