Nasarawa Cattle Breeders Beg FG To Intervene In Benue Open Grazing Ban

Cattle Breeders in Nasarawa state are appealing to the Federal Government to urgently intervene and prevent a brewing crisis following the open grazing ban by the Benue State government.

The Nasarawa state chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) said the enforcement of the open grazing prohibition law by the Benue state government will affect the migration of Fulani herdsmen into communities sharing borders with Benue and may lead to crisis.

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According to the Chairman of the association Muhammad Hussaini said “We are sensitising our Fulani people how to live in peace and not disturb people’s crops. We advise our leaders of the Miyetti Allah in most of the local government areas to see that the crops for farmers are not destroyed.”

Hussaini said most of the Nasarawa communities sharing borders with Benue are agrarian, and the likelihood of migrating cattle straying into farmlands creates a potential for violent confrontation.

“With the implementation of the grazing law, we are appealing to the Federal Government to look into this law so that Benue State should revisit that law. We want peace, we don’t want this international cattle road to be blocked, that is our worry.

“If they block that international cattle road, some herdsmen are coming from the northern part of Nigeria and passing to Enugu, Abakaliki, Cross Rivers, Anambra and they will pass through Benue and if the international cattle road is blocked, we will have a problem,” he said.

Gunmen Kill One, Injure Five In Fresh Kaduna Attack

Gunmen Kill One, Injure Six In Fresh Kaduna AttackUnknown gunmen have attacked Zankan village in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna state, killing one person and injuring five others.

Spokesman for the Kaduna State Police Command, Aliyu Usman, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent, said that the gunmen invaded the community, a predominantly Fulani settlement on Saturday night and opened fire on the residents.

He said that security operatives have been deployed to the area to avert any form of fresh attacks or reprisal.

An indigene of the area and Deputy Chief Imam in Jema’a Emirate Council, Mohammed Kabiru also disclosed that the gunmen attacked the village at about 9PM.

He said that they shot a 13-year-old boy dead, while other injured persons have been rushed to a hospital in nearby Plateau state.

The attack comes barely three days after Fulanis and natives of Southern Kaduna reached an accord to end the killings in the area.

Zankan is a border town between Plateau and Kaduna state.

We’ve Lost 6,000 Cows In Southern Kaduna Violence – Miyetti Allah

We've Lost 6,000 Cows In Southern Kaduna Violence – Miyetti AllahThe Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) has claimed that its members lost no fewer than 6,000 cows since the Southern Kaduna violence started.

Addressing reporters in Kaduna, Secretary of the association in the state, Musa Gambo, insisted that the Fulani were also victims of the violence, having lost many of their kinsmen and property worth millions of Naira during the attacks.

He accused religious leaders of fueling the recent crisis in Southern Kaduna for their own selfish advantage.

“How can we be involved in the killing of our brothers, whom our great grandparents have lived with and with whom we are living with our children and wives?

“Unfortunately, we have been accused of being the perpetrators of the crisis, and even some are saying that Miyetti Allah will carry out reprisals. At no time did we issue any such irresponsible article to any media.

“As a peace-loving association, which has contributed immensely to the peace and reconciliation efforts not only in Southern Kaduna but also in the entire country, we will never descend so low as to advocate crisis,” Gambo said.

Also, the Jema’a Emirate Council in Kaduna State has said that the Emir of Jema’a, Alhaji Muhammad Isah II, was attacked by some disgruntled youths at Samaru Kataf in Zango Kataf.

The council was reacting to the denial of the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) in some media outlets that the Emir was not attacked.

Addressing a press conference in Kaduna, the Deputy Chief Imam of Jema’a Central Mosque, Alhaji Kabir Kassim, alleged that on January 17, 2017, after attending a security meeting in Kaduna, the Emir’s convoy was attacked by some armed youths and that three vehicles were destroyed.

Police Detain Two Suspected Cattle Rustlers in Ekiti

Police Detain Two Suspected Cattle Rustlers in EkitiTwo suspected cattle rustlers have been detained by the Police in Ekiti State for stealing five cows in Ifaki Ekiti, Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

This came barely six days after the government met with the members of the Miyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in Ekiti and southwest over the passage of the state’s anti-grazing law, which prohibited open rearing of cattle in the state.

Explaining how the rustlers were arrested, the Commander of Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Mr Akin Olorunloni, said that the culprits were apprehended along Ifaki-Iworoko road on Tuesday at about 3.30am

Olorunloni said that the culprits, numbering seven, came in a white bus and were on their way to Iworoko Ekiti when his men noticed their suspicious moves and went after them.

He said the rustlers, upon realizing that they were being trailed, fled into the bush in different directions, where two were arrested and taken to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Ado Ekiti Police headquarters.

Olorunloni added that the driver of the bus succeeded in escaping the scene with the stolen cows and the crime was being investigated by the Police and other security outfits in the state.

“They stole the cows in Ifaki Ekiti here at a grazing site and moved towards Ado Ekiti. My men who were on night patrol suspected the move and gave them a hot chase.

“Though, we could not arrest all of them but those apprehended confessed that they were in the town to steal those cattle. As a law abiding organisation, we immediately took them to SARS operatives in the state capital where they are being detained.

“They confessed to us that five cows were in the bus and the Police have taken up the matter”, he said.

The Public Relations Officer of the Command, Mr Alberto Adeyemi, confirmed the arrest, saying the two are helping the Police in their investigations.

Adeyemi said: “Yes, they were arrested and brought here by our men after committing the crime. The suspects said two of those that had fled were from Edo State and others were from Ekiti.

“The suspects are cooperating and they are giving us useful information on how to arrest those that had escaped as soon as possible”.

Ekiti Government And Herdsmen Sign Peace Agreement

Ekiti Government And Herdsmen Sign Peace AgreementThe Ekiti state government has signed a peace agreement with the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria on the anti-grazing law.

The State Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose said there is no going back on the law as he insisted that government’s responsibility is to ensure the safety of the lives and property of Ekiti citizens.

The south-west chairman of the association, Alhaji Kabir Mohammed promised that the herdsmen will do everything to ensure peace prevails in the state.

The operations of the Grazing Enforcement Marshall, established to enforce the Ekiti State Government’s Anti-Grazing Act was suspended on Tuesday after issues were raised by the herders’ association, claiming that some of the animals were killed by the officials.

Governor Ayodele Fayose said they would stay suspended for few days to enable the state address issues raised.

“They have demanded that I should allow them three days for them to move some of these cattle to permanent areas where they will be grazing. So, I have suspended the activities of the marshals for the next five days,” he saidd.

Governor Fayose expressed happiness that the leaders of the of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeder’s Association, decided to contact the state government instead of listening to rumours being peddled around by the opposition.

He, however, debunked the claims that cattle were killed by the marshals.

“The marshals are not armed. There is total misinformation about killing of cows, shooting of cows. It is pure political and misinformation,” he said.

The Ekiti State Government’s Anti-Grazing Act prohibits herders from indiscriminate movement within the State with their animals at specified time.

Herdsmen Attacks: Gov. Okowa Hosts Stakeholders’ Meeting

Herdsmen Attacks, OkowaThe Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has held a forum with stakeholders to foster peaceful co-existence between farmers, host communities and herdsmen in Delta State.

This is part of efforts to reduce the clashes between herdsmen and communities in the state.

The meeting, which took place at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba, had as its theme, ‘Fostering Peaceful Co-existence Between Farmers, Host Communities and Herdsmen in Delta State’.

Governor Okowa, while declaring the event open, urged participants to speak freely about the ways out of the quagmire to ensure a peaceful state where the people can carry out their business activities without fear.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Alkali Usman, in his speech, called for tolerance, cooperation, mutual respect and peaceful co-existence among the people, groups and the local communities.

There was free flow of information from the stakeholders as they spoke about likely suspects, causes of the attacks, their pains and likely solutions.

In their responses, representatives of Miyetti Allah, Miyatti Allah Kautu, Cattle Dealers Association and Cattle Breeders Association suggested that they should be part of the local security to help fish out the bad eggs among the cattle rearers.

The forum resolved that security agents need to be more proactive and arrest anybody caught with arms and prosecute such persons. They agreed that this will ensure that farmers and villagers move about freely without fear of herdsmen attacks.

The State Governor who was the chief moderator, after listening to all the suggestions from stakeholders, said that a committee would be set up to look at all the positions stipulated at the forum in order to find a lasting solution to the menace.

Present at the meeting were representatives of traditional rulers’ council, communities, farmers, local government council chairmen, Miyetti Allah, Miyetti Allah Cattle Dealers Association, Cattle Breeders Association, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Muslim leaders, civil society organisations, the military, Police, Department of State Security (DSS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as well as the Nigeria Immigration Service.

One Idoma Initiative, Miyetti Allah Seek End To Agatu Crisis

Agatu crisisLeaders of One Idoma Initiative and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association are working together with a view to finding a lasting solution to the Agatu crisis.

As part of efforts to ensure peace in Agatu area of Benue State, they are appealing to the federal government to set up a committee that will comprehensively look into the immediate and remote causes of the crisis in Agatu communities.

Addressing a joint news conference in Abuja at the end of a town hall meeting held to resolve the Agatu crisis, leaders of the Idoma and the cattle breeders stressed the need for both parties to sheathe their sword in order to enthrone peace in the area.

The convener of One Idoma Initiative and the National President of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association advised the federal government to draw up a road map to commence the immediate reconstruction, rehabilitation and re-integration of the internally displaced persons from Agatu and the compensation of Fulanis who lost their cattle during the crisis.