Friday, September 11

Police, Herdsmen battle in Anambra

The Anambra state police command and the herdsmen are in fierce battle following the decision of the former to ban the later from operating in the state in the day time.

The state police commissioner, Mr. Hosea Karma has insisted that the herdsmen would only operate at night from 8pm in Anambra henceforth.

The police decision was taken Friday at the state government house in Awka after a joint meeting with the Anambra State Cattle Menace Conflict Committee.

Karma said the essence was to minimize conflict between the herdsmen and native farmers in the area.

But one of the herdsmen who spoke with newsmen in confidence said such decision would not work in the state as they could only move in the day time.

However, the police commissioner urged the Fulani cattle herdsmen and host communities to allow peace to reign by cooperating and living harmoniously.

He warned that the police would not spare anybody who would want to foment trouble in the state.

The committee Friday included the Security Council, representatives of traditional rulers, Presidents-General of town unions and other stakeholders.

According to Karma, “the committee had worked hard to minimize conflict between the host community farmers and cattle herdsmen as well as for them to live harmoniously.”

“He said that there was an instance case where the cattle herdsmen had to pay N400, 000 compensation to the farmers as damages.

“We must live in peace together. If there is any problem, they should report to the appropriate authority. Nobody is allowed to take the laws into his hands.”

(The Nation)

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