Agric Minister Recommends Arrest Of Herdsmen Carrying Arms

herdsmen, Audu OgbehThe Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, has asked security agencies to arrest herdsmen who move about with guns while grazing their cattle.

The Minister says the arrest of such individuals who violate the nation’s law regarding possession of arms and ammunition will be a short term solution to the recent killings by suspected herdsmen.

Mr Audu Ogbe was speaking at a prayer session at the National Christian Centre in Abuja, organized by Idoma indigents from Benue State.

Natives of Agatu in Benue State, where a recent massacre occurred, had gathered to pray for their departed relatives.

From the north to the south, recent killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen continue to generate debates by various groups, asking the government to act.

An estimated 800 persons were reported killed by the attacks in Agatu in Benue State and Nimbo community in Enugu State in the two recent attacks by suspected herdsmen.

Aside from the prayer session, the group also asked government to identify those responsible for the killings and also rebuild the affected communities.

At a separate briefing, a group from the eastern part of Nigeria also asked the federal government to stop further killings by herdsmen in the region.

Obiano Moves To Forestall Fulani Herdsmen, Host Communities Clashes

May DayThe Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has convened a joint meeting with representatives of the Hausa/Fulani community, traditional rulers of communities where major grazing activities take place and members of the Fulani/farmers Cattle Menace Committee.

This is to draw a road-map towards preventing violent clashes erupting in the state and to ensure the enforcement of the resolutions reached earlier between the Fulani/Farmers Cattle Menace Committee, which he set up in 2015.

Addressing the meeting at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, Governor Obiano said that the meeting was in response to the increasing clashes between Fulani herdsmen and their host communities in several other states.

The Governor reminded everybody of the resolutions reached earlier with the Fulani/Farmers Cattle Menace Committee which included payment of full compensation by the Fulani community to communities for any crops or property destroyed by their cattle while the communities also would pay full compensation to the Fulani community if they attack and kill any cattle.

In a situation where lives were lost, full compensation for burial and other activities would apply while perpetrators would face the full wrath of the law.

He emphasized to the Hausa/Fulani community that on no account should herdsmen carry guns and sophisticated weapons, assuring them of their safety and protection at all times.

For clarity purposes, the Governor directed the Special Assistant to the Governor on Islamic/Hausa Fulani Affairs, Garuba Haruna, to interpret to the Fulani delegates in their known language.

The Chairman of Anambra State Vigilante Services, Mr. Ikechukwu Afuba also drew attention to the issue of identity cards to be made available to herdsmen.

The leader of the Hausa/Fulani community and the Southeast Chairman of the Fulani Herdsmen Association, Sadiq Gidado, commended the security in Anambra State which had helped them carry on with their businesses successfully.

He appealed to the government to support them in the area of logistics to help monitor activities of their people everywhere towards harmonious and peaceful co-existence.

The meeting also had in attendance the Deputy Governor and some of the state service commanders. The NDLEA Commander also called for peaceful co-existence.