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Killer Herdsmen: We Won’t Make Same Mistake As With Boko Haram, Says Senate Leader

Posted: May 5, 2016 at 7:55 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Senator Ali Ndume, Senate Leader, on Thursday called for stiff measures to deal with all forms of criminality in the country.

Ndume, also the chairman of the Senate ad hoc committee to investigate the recent attack on Ukpabi-Nimbo, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, gave the advice in interview with State House correspondents after a visit to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja.

“In fact, it is part of the consultations we are doing now so that this problem that is growing will be nipped in the bud as early as possible.

“Herdsmen and community relationship or conflict is not new in the country, but this dimension of destruction and killings are not part of it.

“This one is strange, this one you hear herdsmen carrying AK-47 is not part of it.

“The typical Fulani man carries his stick and a small cutlass to cut grass or leaves from the tree for the animals.

“But this time around you find people carrying AK-47 and destroying the community.

Ndume said his committee had started consultation with stakeholders to do a holistic public hearing in order to nip the herdmen/farmers clash in the bud.

According to him, it is possible that the insinuations that the so-called herdsmen were Boko Haram members could be true.

“A criminal is a criminal and should be treated as such.

“Whether it is Boko Haram or Fulani, what is going on is criminality and should be treated as such.

“One thing that we did not want is to put religious coloration or tribal coloration into it.

“That was how we missed the opportunity to nip Boko Haram in the bud.

“When it started, instead of addressing it as a criminal activity and treating it as such, people ascribed religious and tribal sentiments.

“Before we knew it was about to consume all of the country.

“So we don’t want to make that mistake this time around.”