Posted by News Express | 9 June 2020 | 1,353 times
By EKENE COLEMAN
The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to put a halt to alleged entry of herdsmen from other African countries into Nigeria.
This was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion by Rep. Ndudi Elumelu (PDP-Delta), at plenary on Tuesday.
Moving the motion earlier, Elumelu said that in recent years, herdsmen had been on rampage, destroying farm lands, burning villages and killing innocent Nigerians indiscriminately in many states across the federation.
Elumelu said that the Nigerian security agents had consistently stated that those herdsmen were not Nigerians but migrants from other neighboring countries.
He said that those herdsmen who were militant in nature, had consistently instilled fears in lives of local farmers and villagers living in the affected areas.
The rep said that the herdsmen used coercion, intimidation, brute force and extreme violence, in most cases, leaving a large number of persons dead.
“The violent conflicts between the nomadic herders from neighbouring countries and local farmers is escalating by the day to more states of the federation, and if left unchecked will further threaten the security and stability of the nation.
“The clashes are becoming potentially as dangerous as the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast.
“Yet to date, response to the crisis at both the federal and state levels have been very poor and ineffective. (Daily Independent)
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