-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –From Mike Sogbola:
Yobe Police Command on Wednesday said it won’t tolerate herders/farmers clash in the State.
The warning was issued by the Yobe Commissioner of Police, Yahaya Abubakar during a meeting organized by his office with farmers and herders.
He said that the meeting was called to discuss ways of ensuring peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders across the state especially in this precious time of harvesting farm produce.
He said that the meeting, which should have been conveyed earlier, was conceived as a result of rising cases of farmers and herders clashes in some parts of the state.
He said: “As from today, clashes between farmers and herders must end, the Nigeria police is ready to partner with all concerned groups to halt the situation.”
The Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Yobe State chapter, Ibrahim Nangere had earlier said Miyetti Allah is a peace loving association and will not condone any uncharitable behavior from its members.
He assured of the readiness of Miyetti Allah leadership to support all the security agencies in the state to address the existing conflicts between farmers and herders.
The Police Commissioner gave opportunities for comments, suggestions and advice from stakeholders.
The herder groups raised alarm on the encroachment into cattle routes and grazing reserves attributing most of the clashes to this.
Caretaker committee chairman from Bursari Local Government, Alhaji Zannah Abatcha whose area witnessed such clashes in recent days called for dialogue and peaceful living between farmers and herders.
At the meeting were Local Government officials of areas recently by farmers/herders clashes., herder groups, among others.