Herdsmen not suppose to carry AK 47, says Ndume

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Senator Ali Ndume

Senator Ali Ndume

Nigeria’s Senate Leader, Ali Ndume on Thursday advocated stiff measures to deal with all forms of criminalities in the country while stating that herdsmen are not carry weapons such as AK 47 but sticks and cutlasses.

Ndume who is also head of the Senate ad hoc committee to investigate the recent attack on Ukpabi-Nimbo, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, gave the advice in interview with State House correspondents after a visit to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

“In fact, it is part of the consultations we are doing now so that this problem that is growing will be nipped in the bud as early as possible.

“Herdsmen and community relationship or conflict is not new in the country, but this dimension of destruction and killings are not part of it.

“There could be misunderstanding and sometimes they settle it but this one is strange, this one you hear herdsmen carrying AK-47 is not part of it.

“The typical Fulani man carries his stick and a small cutlass to cut grass or leaves from the tree for the animals.

“But this time around you find people carrying AK-47 and destroying the community.

“So we are trying to look at this problem holistically and we are urging the public too to come out and provide the information or suggestions as to how we can address this.”

Ndume said his committee had started consultation with stakeholders to do a holistic public hearing in order to nip the herdmen/farmers clash in the bud.

According to him, it is possible that the insinuation that the so-called herdsmen were Boko Haram members could be true.

“A criminal is a criminal and should be treated as such.

“Whether it is Boko Haram or Fulani, what is going on is criminality and should be treated as such.

“One thing that we did not want is to put …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper