- The House of Representatives is worried about the influx of foreign armed herdsmen into Nigeria
- The lawmakers urged the federal government to address the issue and stop the aliens from entering the country
- Contributing to the motion, lawmakers stated that herdsmen have been on a rampage killing innocent Nigerians
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The House of Representatives has urged the federal government to stop the entry of foreign herdsmen into Nigeria.
This was contained in a motion brought to the lower chambers of the National Assembly by the minority leader in the House of Representatives, Honourable Ndudi Elumelu.
Contributing to the motion, lawmakers stated that herdsmen have been on a rampage, destroying farmlands and killing innocent Nigerians.
They also noted that they are aware that security agencies have consistently said the herdsmen come from neighbouring African countries.
The motion was, thereafter, unanimously adopted by the House.
Armed herdsmen have caused havoc in various parts of Nigeria in recent times.
Three months ago, the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, wrote a letter to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, over the movement of herdsmen with AK-47 rifles in the southeast region.
The group accused law enforcement agencies of ignoring reports of herdsmen moving around with AK-47 rifles in a community in Anambra state.
In a petition signed by Nnia Nwodo, president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the group said the story would have been different if those carrying guns were members of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
Around the same period, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue raised an alarm over the mass influx of armed herdsmen into the state.
He raised the issue when leaders of Civil Society Organizations visited him in his office in Makurdi on Monday, March 2.
Governor Ortom said the troops and security personnel deployed to the state were doing their best but were overstretched and needed to be fortified in the face of the new challenge.
In a related development, following the incessant attacks by suspected herdsmen in Delta, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked herdsmen who sneaked into Bomadi council area of the state, to leave the area in peace.
Chairman of CAN, Bomadi chapter, Senior Apostle Sunday Ekeremor, made the comment on Monday, May 11.
He said: “We are saying in strong terms that they should leave this place in peace because we have heard them causing problems in the Uwheru Kingdom, Abraka, Delta North and other places.”
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