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Ministries Partner On Farmland Protection, Ending Herdsmen’s Attacks

Fulani Herdsmen, Enugu
Posted: Jul 20, 2016 at 8:05 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Federal Government has indicated that it may soon order the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to provide security for farmers and farmlands across the country in face of the rising spate of attacks by Fulani herdsmen and their cattle which often ravage farms and lead to clashes with the herdsmen carrying out guerrilla raids on communities, killing and maiming people in retaliation.

Chief Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture, made the stated this on Wednesday in a chat with newsmen shortly after the Federal Executive Council meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The minister said that arrangements were on with the Ministry of Interior on the protocol of the deployment of the NSCDC.

“I had a meeting with the Minister of Interior. We were looking at the security situation in agriculture. Sometime last year, some gunmen went to ?Olu Falaye’s farm, a Nigerian in status, in age and ranking, and took him away and marched him around, forced him to trek 10 kilometers, even carried him on their backs.

“Many more farmers are coming in including foreign investors, and to stand the risk of being subjected to this kind of humiliation…we are talking with Ministry of Interior that we have to put measures in place,” he said.

Already, the police and  Army have been instructed to fish out the perpetrators of attacks attributed to herdsmen. However, reports of attacks continue, especially in agrarian states such as Benue and Plateau.