David Umahi, governor of Ebonyi State, has alleged that herdsmen left the state because they were aware of the attacks on the state.
Umahi made the allegation on Tuesday, while briefing journalists at the end of the state executive council meeting.
The governor said Fulani herdsmen left the state on their own without any reason.
Umahi noted that there is currently no herdsman in the state.
He advised herdsmen to stay away from the state until there is calm.
He also condemned the killing of policemen and burning of police stations in the South-east.
“We are killing policemen, we are burning police station which means that South East leaders should know that our problem is not just herdsmen. We want to put it on record that no herdsman is in Ebonyi state now,” he said.
“We didn’t ask them to leave. They left on their own, which means they were privy to the attacks on Ebonyi state.
“I have been begging the National leadership that with what is going on, no State Governor is in control of bandits and because of the killings of the defenceless Ebonyi people, for the safety of them, they should not return now.
“There is high tension. We have sent text messages to Myetti Allah that Ebonyi state is under tension and we would not want them to still stay until such a time that the State is safe.”