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.

Gunmen Assassinate Kogi Miyetti Allah Chairman

Gunmen Assassinate Kogi Miyetti Allah ChairmanThe Chairman of the Kogi state chapter of the Fulani socio-cultural group, known as Wuro Miyetti Allah Association, Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar, has been assassinated by unknown gunmen.

The attackers said to be about eight in number reportedly invaded his residence in the early hours of Saturday in an operation said to have lasted for about an hour.

The Commissioner of Police in Kogi state, Mr Abdullahi Shafi confirmed the incident To Channels Television.

He said that investigations are on to unravel the circumstances behind the act and arrest the culprits.


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.

Kaduna Governor Assures Herdsmen Of End To Cattle Rustling


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.