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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Disarm herdsmen now – Fulani chief tells Nigerian govt

Disarm herdsmen now – Fulani chief tells Nigerian govt

The Lamido of Zugobia in Guri Local Government Area of Jigawa State, Alhaji Isa Adamu, has appealed to the State and Federal Government to collaborate in disarming nomadic herdsmen allegedly unleashing terror in the area.

Adamu made the plea in Guri at a stakeholders’ meeting organized by the Jigawa ‘Mediation Committee on Herdsmen and Farmers’ on Tuesday.

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According to him, the herdsmen, who hail from northern Bauchi, have been coming into the community, destroying farmlands and attacking innocent people.

Adamu dismissed the claim that encroachment on cattle routes and grazing reserves by farmers was responsible for the frequent clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the area, insisting that the herdsmen had a hidden agenda.

“The crisis between farmers and herdsmen in Guri has nothing to do with encroachment on cattle routes and grazing reserves.

“The truth is that herdsmen wielding guns, machetes, bows, and arrows are coming to our area from northern Bauchi, attacking our people and destroying their farmlands at will.

“We are also Fulanis, but these criminals are strangers to us and that is why I am calling on the state and Federal Government to wade into this matter and disarm them immediately before it is too late,” NAN quoted him as saying.

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