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  • 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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