Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Hersmen Menace: Edo police Command meets with Miyetti Allah

- The Edo state Police Command has met
with the Miyetti Allah leadership in the
state, over the herdsmen clashes with
farmers
- The police commissioner said the
command would no longer tolerate any act
of impunity and that farmers should be
able to go about their duties without fear
- The Miyetti Allah leadership said the
association would put heads together and
fish out the criminals; stressing that it is
not a terrorist organisation
The Police Command in Edo on
Wednesday, April 25, in Benin, met
with the national leadership of the
Miyetti Allah Cattle Rearers and
representatives of herders and farmers
in the state, as part of efforts to curtail
the crisis between the two groups, NAN
reports.
Declaring the meeting open, the
commissioner of police, Johnson
Kokumo, said that the meeting was part
of the measures put in place to address
the critical issues in the constant
conflicts between both sides.

NAIJ.com gathers that Kokumo said this
was to prevent the problems from
degenerating, and to foster peaceful
coexistence between the two parties.
He said that the national executives of
Miyetti Allah were invited to speak with
and sensitise their members as the
culture of impunity by any persons
would no longer be tolerated in the
state.
He said farmers should be able to go
about their normal businesses without
fear of being attacked, kidnapped or
maimed by herders under the guise of
grazing.
The commissioner emphasised that the
meeting was strictly a peace one aimed
at finding a lasting solution to the
lingering problem.
The national president of Miyetti Allah,
Alhaji Muhammad Kiruwa, said they
were in the state to sensitise their
members to the need for peaceful
coexistence.
Kiruwa, who was represented by the
national secretary of the union, Alhaji
Baba Ngalzarma, condemned the
wanton killings being perpetrated by
those he described as Fulani cattle
rustlers.
He stressed that the association had
existed for more than 30 years, adding
that the union was not a terrorist group
and did not condone violence in any
form.
He also decried the effects of the
violence on members of the association
whom he said had lost more than 3
million cows since the crisis started.
The national president said the
association did not encourage night
grazing and minors grazing, adding that
these practices were part of the
problem.
He also said that some of the crisis was
“politically-linked”.
Kiruwa, however, expressed optimism
that things would begin to change, and
appealed to both farmers and herders
against taking laws into their hands.
He said his association would “put
heads together” and fish out the
criminals.

In a related development, NAIJ.com
earlier reported that an attack by
suspected herdsmen on three Benue
communities led to the deaths of about
37 persons while several others were
injured and some missing.
The villages which were targeted in the
attacks included Tse Umenger in
Mbadwem council ward, Mbakpaase in
Saghev council ward as well as Tse-Ali
in Mbawaar council ward all of Guma
local government area of Benue state.
A resident of Umenger said 15 people
were killed in the community when
heavily-armed bandits suspected to be
herdsmen numbering over 50, stormed
the Umenger village on Tuesday
evening, April 23, and set the entire
village on fire.

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