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The plenary session of the Nigerian Senate on Thursday, April 12, became rowdy over the alleged incompetence of President Muhammadu Buhari to address the spate of killings by armed herdsmen by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has condemned renewed attacks on the people of the state by suspected herdsmen. The governor described the fresh attacks in parts of the state as barbaric, inhuman and unacceptable.
A think tank, Gusau Institute, has recommended ways to address the crisis between herdsmen and farmers in the country. The institute also suggested ways to address irregular migration that the country is currently facing.
The ongoing clashes between herdsmen and farmers will be worse in 2019 if nothing is done to create cattle ranches or provide better security against rustling, the minister of agriculture, Audu Ogbeh has warned.
It is the Nigerian Army’s constitutional response to defend the territorial integrity of the county and assistance to the civil authorities in maintaining peace and security, where civil security is overwhelmed.
The Nigerian Army engaged in a fire fight with armed herdsmen militias on Saturday, April 7, while on clearance operation in Gbajimba, Baka, Tomanyi, Iyode and Dogon Yashi in Benue state. One herdsman was killed.
Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen have reportedly killed a pastor of the Church of God Mission, one Pius Eromosele, in Odighi community, Ovia North-East local government area of state, after his family failed to pay ransom.
A farmer, Ogbonna, has warned that food security may be threatened in Nigeria in the near future because of persistent herdsmen attacks and climate change. Ogbonna said the future of agriculture was not looking good.
The president directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to commence an assessment of the level damage in communities affected by violence caused by herdsmen-farmers’ clashes in some parts of the country.
The federal government is mapping out strategies to halt the incessant killings in Birnin-Gwari in Kaduna state, the interior minister, Dambazzau said on Tuesday, April 3. He made the statement during a visit to the troubled area.
Tsav was dragged before a Magistrate’s Court on June 19, 2017 for allegedly writing an inciting letter against Gov. Samuel Ortom, despite his immunity as a serving commissioner of the Public Complaints Commission.
It was gathered that suspected herdsmen had invaded the a private residence belonging to Barrister Eric Ogudu and started plucking mangoes in the compound. The security guard alerted community members thus angering the herdsmen.
All these shortcomings of the administration pale into insignificance when compared with present gory action of the rampaging fiendish Fulani herdsmen which Buhari administration has made very tepid attempt to curb.
The national coordinator of NIFROP, Bishop Gabriel Obubah, while speaking to journalists in Abuja said had someone else made such call, Danjuma should be in a position to queried the belief system of such a person.
Residents of communities in Tombo ward, Logo local government area of Benue have reportedly deserted their homes after herdsmen allegedly invaded the area. A community leader, Job Tiza, said the invaders destroy crops.
A group, the Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’ah Wa’iqamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS), has said former minister of defence, Lt Gen Theophilus Danjuma (rtd), should be called to order for urging Nigerians to defend themselves against attack.
The Coalition for Nigeria Movement led by former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has raised concerns that security agencies in the country may have been corrupted by the government ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The chairman of the association of Fulani chiefs in the south-west, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar Bambado, has told Theophilus Danjuma to desist from making statements that could incite Nigerians to take up arms against each other.
The Emir of Anka in Zamfara state, Alhaji Attahiru Ahmad, has stated that Fulani leaders in Nigeria should be worried that attacks in most parts of the country are alleged to be carried out by people of Fulani extraction.
Senator Kabiru Marafa advised that the former president Olusegun Obasanjo's approach for Plateau state in 2004 which led to the suspension of the then governor, Joshua Dariye, should be employed in Zamfara state.
A retired military officer, Colonel Samaila Dabai, who was trained by General Danjuma (retd) has urged his boss to recant his statement that the army was colluding with bandits behind attacks in parts of the country.
Nigerian Senate has mourned the killings of herdsmen who were allegedly killed by gunmen in Zamfara state on Wednesday, March 28. The Senate also decided to observe a minute silence to honour the victims of the deadly attack.