A federal lawmaker, Hon. Ugonna Ozuruigbo has denied ownership of a herd of cattle as reported in a viral video on the social media.
Ozuruigbo, who represents Nkwerre/Nwangele/Isu/Njaba Federal Constituency of Imo State at the House of Representatives described those circulating the video and purporting the cows to be his, as mischief-makers.
The lawmaker, who served as Deputy Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly before his election into the National Assembly recalled championing the ban on open grazing in May this year and stoppage of invasion of herders on farms in the South East.
In a statement signed by his media aide, Dike Philip, the lawmaker wondered how he would own any livestock and still allow them to roam the streets and destroy people’s economic crops.
Ozuruigbo enjoined members of the public to disregard the report that he has cattle as part of his assets or a group rearing the animals for him.
The statement reads: “This is to inform the uninformed peddlers of false information and to whom it may concern that the herd of cattle which is said to belong to OZB also known as Rt. Hon. Ozurigbo Ugonna, member representing Nkwerre/Isu/Nwangele/Njaba federal Constituency in a video that is said to have originated from a community in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area, which has gone viral on social media, is not a property of the lawmaker.
“The allegation is false and can only have been made by mischief-makers.
“It should be recalled that it was only in May of 2021 that the former Deputy Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly called for a ban on open grazing and a halt to the invasion of herders and their cattle on the farmlands of farmers in the South East.
“The general public is urged to disregard the allegations made by these divisive elements as OZB has no cattle amongst his assets and has no individual, group or organisation managing same for him.”