Deviant Herdsmen Get Last Warning In Bayelsa
Destruction of farmlands and attacks on farmers-dominated communities have been reported in different states in Nigeria, frequently perpetrated by herdsmen.
It is another trend that is posing huge security challenge and a threat to food security.
The Bayelsa State government few months ago tried to avoid possible breakdown of law and order in communities in the state by setting aside a grazing area for herders.
After this decision, herdsmen have continued to go beyond designated area, a deviant attitude that the state government is not willing to welcome, as arms-carrying herdsmen have been described as more deadly than Boko Haram.
Like the last warning issued by a football referee before the red card surfaces, the Bayelsa State government has warned that it would henceforth arrest herdsmen who grazed elsewhere other than Bayelsa Palm area - the designated grazing site.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Mr Boma Spero-Jack, gave the last warning in a statement issued in Yenagoa on Friday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the warning came on the heels of the apprehension of some groups of herdsmen in the state.
The group was relocated from the Ijaw National Academy in Kaiama, Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state to the designated grazing site.
“The warning became imperative because in spite of directive to herdsmen to relocate to designated grazing site, a number of them refused to relocate to do so,” Spero-Jack’s statement read.
He said the decision to create grazing site was purely for security reasons, especially to avoid a possible breakdown of law and order.
The governor’s aide, however, reassured the people of the state that, the government would stop at nothing to protect their lives and property.
Spero-Jack, therefore, called for the cooperation of people while the state government continued to do its best to avert breakdown of law and order.
He urged the people to be vigilant, assuring them that the leadership of the state would not give control of any valuable land to herdsmen.