Don’t Link Herdsmen With Boko Haram, Foreign Minister Tells Nigerians

foreign Affairs minister on herdsmen Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, has asked citizens to desist from linking recent attacks by cattle herdsmen to the Boko Haram insurgents.

Mr Onyeama stressed on Friday that there was no evidence available to security operatives suggest any linkages.

The Minister further told Channels Television that all efforts were being made to ensure that the attacks do not degenerate to another security concern, as the successes against the Boko Haram increase.

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Attack on Nimbo community in Enugu State by herdsmen left scores dead and property destroyed

He said: “While Nigeria has not achieved the objectives set at the first security regional summit in Paris, more cooperation and better strategies are on to ensure the group is totally defeated”.

There are insinuations that the herdsmen that had attacked different communities in Nigeria are Boko Haram terrorists fleeing the northeast in the wake of heightened counter-terrorism operations.

Igbos In South Africa Protest Alleged Killing By Herdsmen

Igobs-South Africa-HerdsmenA group of Nigerians under the aegis of the Ohaneze Ndigbo in South Africa on Monday protested the alleged killing of Igbos by herdsmen.

The Ohaneze Ndigbo staged the protest at the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa’s capital to condemn what they described as the ‘wanton killing of the Igbos by cattle herdsmen’.

The initial request for a group sit-down protest inside the premises of the High Commission was declined, as they consequently selected some representatives who were later granted entry.

While one of the protesters condemned the act, the Secretary General of the Ohaneze Ndigbo in South Africa, Chiedozie Ejimadu, criticised the free use of arms by herdsmen.

Mr Ejimadu also disapproved the bill seeking to earmark a specific piece of land in all states in Nigeria for grazing, insisting that herdsmen should purchase their lands for grazing.

They handed over a Memorandum of Protest to the Acting High Commissioner, Ambassador Martins Cobham, for onward transmission to President Muhammadu Buhari.

In his response, Ambassador Cobham assured the aggrieved Igbos that the Memorandum of Protest would be conveyed to President Buhari as soon as possible.

Police Hold Crucial Meeting With Security Stakeholders In Delta

Solomon Arase Police BossThe police in a meeting with security stakeholders in Delta State, south-south Nigeria, said it would partner with the civil society and other security stakeholders to checkmate crime.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, gave the indication for the partnership on Wednesday during an interactive session with members of the PPRC, vigilante groups, traders and other stakeholders in Delta State.

He appreciated the efforts of the different security bodies in fighting crime, where they expressed themselves on some of the challenges faced while trying to carry out the onerous task of crime prevention.

Addressing the men of the Delta State Police Command, the Mr Arase commended his men for their hard work and dedication in carrying out their duties, stressing the importance of community policing.

On the clashes between cattle herdsmen and farmers in various communities in Delta State, he said that caution must be applied to avoid making mistakes.

Borno Govt. Criminalizes Cattle Import To Check Terror Funding

CattleThe Borno State Government has criminalised the import of cattle into the state or sale of dried meat.

The embargo followed recent discovery that Boko Haram terrorists now sell stolen cattle to fund terror.

Governor Kashim Shettima has also imposed a civil-military management in cattle market in Maiduguri to enforce stringent conditions in slaughter houses.

This is contained in a government house statement issued by Media Adviser to the Governor, Isa Gusau.

According to the statement, a new management made up of representatives of the Nigerian military, Police, the Department of State Security, Civilian JTF and Government officials has now been assigned to take full charge of the market and henceforth scrutinize sources of all cattle and delay slaughter of certified cattle.

“Our security agencies have reasonably established that most of the cattle being traded at the markets were the direct proceeds of cattle rustling perpetrated by Boko Haram insurgents which were sold at prohibitive costs to unsuspecting customers through some unscrupulous middlemen who use underhand ploy to deliberately disguise the transactions as legitimate.”

The Governor said that the discovery led to the temporary closure of the market by security agencies in the state.

“The new management committee is to device strategies to ascertain the sources of all cattle being traded and slaughtered at the cattle markets; ensure that a mandatory period of three to four days is observed on all cattle sold before they are sent to the slaughter house in order to enable interested parties to inspect them,” The Governor said.

“Importation of cattle to the state capital through all routes by all sources, other than the Cattle Traders Association is hereby suspended for two weeks from the date of this inauguration.

“In the same vein, the sale of dried meat has been banned as it has been observed that criminal elements resort to this method to legitimize their dubious activities which ultimately end up in funding the activities of the insurgents.

“The Governor forbids all trading activities at the Gamboru cattle markets, Dusuman, Shuwari and Ngom are suspended until further notice.”

The Governor presented cheques of 100 million Naira to leadership of the cattle traders and butchers to serve as bailout to thousands of law abiding traders who have been thrown out of business following the recent steps taken.

The members are to use the funds to purchase legitimate cattle that are to be subjected to investigations by the new management committee of cattle markets.

Kaduna Governor Assures Herdsmen Of End To Cattle Rustling

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The Kaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Yero, has assured Fulani herdsmen and local farmers in the state that he would end cattle rustling and all sorts of violent clashes in some parts of the state.

The governor gave the assurance at a forum where the Fulanis, under the umbrella of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACAN), adopted him as their consensus governorship candidate for next month’s election.

He assured the Fulani community that if re-elected as governor, the problem of cattle theft and other forms of insecurity would be addressed.

Governor Yero, dressed in traditional Fulani attire at the occasion, also assured local traditional and Islamic leaders of his commitment to ending insurgency in the state.

Elections are around the corner and politicians are busy canvassing for votes. In Kaduna, like other states, many promises have been made to the electorates concerning their welfare and future.

One major campaign promise the two major political parties in Kaduna State – PDP and APC – had made to the electorates is that of commitment to tackling insecurity.

The rising incidents of cattle theft, which has continued unabated in some council areas of Kaduna State has been a source of serious concern to residents.

Brutal raids and massacres by unknown gunmen have claimed at least 4,000 lives and driven an estimated 20,000 people from their homes, mainly in the southern part of the state.

Both the state and the Federal Government have been criticised for failing to crush the cattle rustlers and ending the frequent violent clashes between herdsmen and local farmers.

Leaders of the MACAN, Ibrahim Bayero, said the decision to support Governor Yero’s re-election bid was sequel to the improved security provided by the present administration in the state.

The group also said the PDP-led government had provided infrastructural facilities while giving attention to agriculture and youth empowerment.

However, they appealed to both the State and Federal Government to provide adequate security to prevent them from being attacked by hoodlums.

The governor pledged to work harder with his government to improve the quality of life of the people.

He, however, appealed to the people to exercise patience as their efforts may take time to yield fruit.

Beyond the campaign promises, what the people are holding on to their demand that government, as a matter of responsibility, should improve the security situation across the state to enable them go about their daily activities freely and peacefully.

 

Fulani Herdsmen Seek Collaboration With Government To Tackle Menace

Fulani fightsFulani cattle herdsmen across the country have resolved to work closely with the Federal Government and other relevant authorities in finding solutions to the incessant cattle rustling and killings in the northern part of Nigeria, at the same time preaching message of peace in their localities.

The resolution was reached on Saturday after a meeting in Kaduna on Saturday.

Their resolve stems from continuous cattle rustlings and gruesome killing of innocent people by gunmen and alleged involvement of Fulani herdsmen in deadly attacks in some states like Benue, Taraba and Kaduna, amongst others where many lives and property worth millions of Naira have been lost.

Cattle herdsmen have been in the news for the wrong reasons, with several accusing fingers pointed in their direction as being responsible for causing mayhem in different communities across the country.

Uncomfortable with the development they said had marred their image, they have called for the meeting. To ensure that no form of casualty was recorded in this gathering, routine searches were carried out on the members before the meeting commenced to ensure they were not in possession of dangerous weapons

Although they insist they are peace loving and law abiding people, the cattle herdsmen say they are fully prepared to partner with the government in tackling the menace of cattle rustling and deadly attacks on rural communities across the country.

This position of theirs is supported by natives of Southern Kaduna who have at different times had altercations with them.

The essence is to make sure that they first of all purge themselves of all the allegations levelled against them over the years, and at the same time come up with practicable recommendations that will assist the government in tackling the menace of cattle rustling and deadly attacks allegedly perpetrated by cattle herdsmen.

Therefore, with their readiness to partner with the government to find a lasting solution to the problem, many believe such decision will go a long way in stemming the tide.