Benue Killings: NEC Wants Open Grazing Banned
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
The National Economic Council on Thursday recommended a ban on the movement of herdsmen across the country as a way of stopping the killings being witnessed in parts of Nigeria.
This is expected to start in the five states where the killings are most pronounced - Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Kaduna and Plateau.
The NEC chaired by the Vice-President has all state governors, the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria and relevant ministers as members.
The Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, disclosed the outcome of the meeting presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Umahi said ranching would be adopted in the five states, while the state governments would provide lands for that purpose.
He said the decision was taken after he submitted the report of a technical committee on farmers and herdsmen conflicts, which he chaired, to the council.
The governor said the committee identified causes of the conflicts to include media perception, competition for scarce resources and banditry through cattle rustling and kidnapping.
He identified three categories of herdsmen to include foreign herdsmen, nomadic herdsmen and migrant herdsmen.
Umahi said the treaty under which foreign herdsmen enter Nigeria was not being properly implemented.
He noted that there ought to be certification before any herdsman could enter the country while animals coming in are also required to be quarantined.