- Governor Obiano's administration resolves tension between herdsmen and farmers in Anambra state
- The government says the timely resolution of the friction followed the governor's directive to security agencies in the state
- Commissioner Don Adinuba blames the herdsmen of not following the laid down rules guiding their operations in the state
Finally, peace may have returned to some communities in Anambra west local government area as the governor of the state, Willie Obiano, has reportedly resolved the crisis between herdsmen and farmers.
Vanguard reports that some persons were killed and others were injured at two farm settlements in Anam, a community in the local government area recently after suspected herdsmen invaded the crop plantations.
The state commissioner for information and public enlightenment, Don Adinuba, said in a statement on Tuesday, April 9, in Awka, that the crisis was over.
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The commissioner added that the resolution was swiftly carried out following the directive by Governor Obiano to the state security council members.
According to the commissioner, the security chiefs were directed to find out the immediate and remote causes of the crisis and proffer suggestion to avert similar crisis in the future.
“Following the directive, the commissioner of police, director of the Department of State Service (DSS), commanders of the Army and Naval formations in the state and the commandant of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps, all intervened swiftly leading to end the problem.
“Meaningful discussions were held with leaders of Anam town and those of the herdsmen.
“It was apparent that the crisis was precipitated by the entry of some herdsmen from a neighbouring state into Anambra without following the protocol guiding the conduct of herdsmen in the state,” the statement said.
He added that the suspected herdsmen entered Anam without informing the local leaders of the herdsmen association who would have registered them as members and informed them of the rules of doing cattle business in Anambra state.
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“The consequence was that the new entrants violated the rules in a repugnant manner and caused a breach of the peace,” the commissioner said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that herdsmen of Bobii village in the Mariga local government area of Niger state recently called on the federal government to establish a ranching system of livestock production.
The herdsmen made the call on Thursday, March 28, to the minister of agriculture, and rural development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, during his inspection visit in the area.
They said that they are tired of roaming from place to place with their livestock.
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