Wednesday, 11 May 2016

BREAKING NEWS:-- Fulani herdsmen in trouble Army moves to crush marauding herdsmen

Army moves to crush
marauding herdsmen

– Army sets up joint task force to stop
marauders terrorizing farming communities
across the country
– Federal government mandates army to
fish out criminal elements among the
herdsmen and retrieve their dangerous
weapons, so that they could be peace in the
land
– President Muhammadu Buhari tasks
governors to find the lasting solution to
Fulani herdsmen crisis in south of Nigeria
The Nigerian Army has deployed troops to
hunt down marauders terrorizing farming
communities across the country.
Chief of defence staff (CDS), Lt Gen. Gabriel
Olonisakin, on Tuesday, May 10 told the
Senate joint committee on agriculture and
national security and intelligence at a one-
day public hearing on tackling the perennial
conflicts between the herdsmen and farmers ,
that a joint task force would be set up in the
short run to actualize this goal.
According to New Telegraph, Olonisakin, who
was represented by Maj. Gen. Edward Nzeh
told the committee that the army has been
mandated by the federal government to fish
out criminal elements among the herdsmen
and retrieve their dangerous weapons,


so
that they could be peace in the land.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari
has tasked the governors to find the lasting
solution to Fulani herdsmen crisis in south of
Nigeria.
He gave the task during the interactive
session with members of Katsina Elders’
Forum organised by the Katsina state
government.


The president challenged t he governors to
go back to a comprehensive study and report
provided by the defunct Petroleum Trust
Fund (PTF) on how best to solve the
conflicts.
In a related development, after receiving
heavy knocks from Nigerians including
frontline human right lawyer, Femi Falana,
over the continuous attacks on Nigerians by
Fulani herdsmen, t he inspector-general of
police (IGP), Solomon Arase, has directed
commissioners of police (CPs) to convene
town hall meetings in their respective
commands.
According to a statement by the force
spokesperson, Olabisi Kolawole, the meeting
would address the misinformation, anxiety
and animosity being generated in relation to
the current security challenges
with local communities and herdsmen.
The IGP also directed all assistant
inspectors-general of police (AIGs) in charge
of zonal commands to personally oversee
the process to ensure urgent compliance.