- The presidency has maintained its position on herders who carry arms
- Femi Adesina has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has given his voice against the ugly trends countless times
- Adesina said the presidency is of the view that such persons should be arrested and tried in a court of law
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The presidency has again revealed its position on the activities of criminals who pose as herdsmen around the country, especially in southwest Nigeria.
In an interview with Channels TV on Tuesday, February 9, Femi Adesina, a presidential media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, said there is zero-tolerance for violence and terrorism.
Adesina said President Buhari's stand on the issue of persons considered as killer herdsmen is that anyone found with illegal arms should be arrested and tried.
He was responding to claims by Governor Samuel Ortom that the president has maintained silence on the menace caused by the herders.
“If the Governor would say he hasn’t heard the President speak on that matter, that’s what he should make clear; it’s not that the President hasn’t spoken.
“Because the number of times the President has spoken on that issue . . . and his position has always been the same: anybody, whoever he is, that carries arms unlawfully should be arrested and prosecuted. The President has said it countless times.”
Meanwhile, General Kunle Togun (rtd), former boss of the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) and current chairman, Oyo state Amotekun (Security Network) corps, has revealed that foreign Fulani herdsmen were planning to overrun the southwest region of Nigeria.
The former chief spy of the Nigerian military made the comment in an interview published on Saturday, January 2.
According to him, the wave of banditry and kidnapping in the southwest was a result of alien terrorists’ infiltration of the region.
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state who employed General Togun, stated that the persistent influx and criminal activities by bandits from Mali and other West African countries especially in the Oke Ogun corridor is a source of concern for his government.