4 Takeaways From Govt’s Strategic Meeting On Herdsmen Attacks
One reality they all agreed to is enough is enough!
The Federal Government, security agencies and states affected by clashes between herdsmen and farmers held a strategic meeting on Monday.
The major focus was to device a reliable way of checking the menace.
The meeting came days after several attacks on Benue communities resulted in deaths of over 50 persons.
The closed door-door meeting, which lasted for about five hours, was convened by the Minister of Interior, retired Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau.
At the meeting were governors of Adamawa, Benue, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Niger and Taraba states and heads of security agencies.
After the meeting, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue and Darius Ishaku of Taraba State briefed reporters, highlighting a few decisions reached.
- An agreement on synergy among the security agencies, the federal and state governments to combat the challenge. They believe this will ensure quick response that will quell any attack before lives are lost.
- Need for Nigerians to desist from hate speech fuelling crisis.
Governor Ortom urged Nigerians to see the attacks as a national challenge that demands the efforts of all regardless of tribe or religion.
- More security personnel, equipment and logistics will be deployed to Benue.
- Before the meeting went behind closed doors, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, said the Federal Government is planning “cattle colonies” as part of efforts to tackle the problem.
Other governors at the meeting were those of Adamawa, Jibrilla Bindow; Kaduna, Nasir El-Rufai; Nasarawa, Tanko Al-Makura, and Niger, Abubakar Bello.
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris; the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura and the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Gana, were among the security chiefs present.
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