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INTERIOR MINISTER, DANBAZZAU COMMENDS ANTI-OPEN GRAZING LAW IN BENUE, EKITI

By Jimin Geoffrey

Nigeria's Minister of Interior, Abdulrahaman Danbazzau, has acknowledged the enactment of a law prohibiting open grazing in Benue and Ekiti states as laudable efforts geared towards fighting the menace of herdsmen/farmers clashes in the country.
He stated this yesterday in Abuja at a forum where Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun and Budget and Planning Udoma Udo Udoma, spoke on the 2017 budget and the plan for its implementation.
According to him, as part of efforts to battle the menace of herdsmen insurgency in the country, the federal government has established a 3,000 strong special squad comprising mainly of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) personnel which would be specially trained to tackle the excesses of itinerant herdsmen in the country.
In a publication of The Nation newspaper of Tuesday, 20th June, 2017, Danbazzau stressed that "many people, especially farmers have been killed across the country by herdsmen either during clashes or premeditated attacks.
"As a result, states, such as Ekiti and Benue, have passed laws to deal with the herdsmen situation in their territories."
Read the report below.
3,000 Civil Defence Squad To Battle Herdsmen
To battle the menace of herdsmen attacks across the country, the federal government has established a 3,000-strong special squad.
Minister of Interior Abdulrahaman Danbazzau said yesterday that the squad will be made up entirely of personnel from the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC).
The public will be protected from attacks by this force, Dambazzau said at the forum where Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun and Budget and Planning Udoma Udo Udoma, spoke on the 2017 budget and the plan for its implementation, yesterday.
The selected squad will undergo special training, he added, but gave no further information on how the force will operate and when it will commence its operation.
He also expressed his conviction that many of the herdsmen threatening the peace and order within the country were from other countries, especially within the ECOWAS sub-region.
He said Nigeria had been unable to stop their migration because “the country is among the signatories to the ECOWAS protocol which guarantees free movement of citizens”
But he declared that the government had a responsibility to find ways to monitor the movement and activities of itinerant herdsmen.
Many people, especially farmers have been killed across the country by herdsmen either during clashes or pre meditated attacks.
As a result, states, such as Ekiti and Benue, have passed laws to deal with the herdsmen situation in their territories.
SOURCE: The Nation newspaper, 20th June, 2017.

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