- The federal government has been asked to also go after Fulani herdsmen killing people across the country
- According to Governor Samuel Ortom, the actions of the herdsmen is threatening Nigeria's food sufficiency
- Going further, he said not arresting criminal herders will send a bad signal that the government is against some people in the country
Following the capture of Nnamdi Kanu, the federal government has been asked to also arrest members of armed Fulani groups for their attacks on farming communities.
The governor said he has no problem with the arrest of the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, but the fight against terrorism and other crimes would only be seen to be unbiased if armed herders who have been killing innocent citizens are also apprehended.
In another report, Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state says it is not enough for the federal government to arrest Nnamdi Kanu, while leaders of other notorious groups are allowed to cause havoc nationwide
Wike made the comment in reaction to the arrest and extradition of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB).
Wike tells FG to go after bandits, Miyetti Allah
Governor Wike said for justice to be said to have prevailed, the government must ensure that the leaders of other groups like armed bandits and killer herdsmen are arrested and made to face the law.
He added that a failure to see that the other arrests are made will only suggest that the move is targetted at just one section of the country, a situation which Wike says will breed issues over injustice and debates regarding marginalization.
In a related development, elder statesman and Second Republic aviation minister, Mbazulike Amechi has advised the federal government to give Kanu a fair hearing.
Amechi said Kanu should be assumed innocent until he is found guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction.
He also said the federal authorities should be cautious about the way they will handle Kanu, and the way they will handle his case.
Also, the Igbo National Council, INC, on Tuesday, July 29 advised the federal government to tread with caution on the arrest and extradition to Nigeria of Kanu.
The INC president Chilos Godsent made the position of the group known in a statement sent to journalists hours after the reports of the arrest of Kanu.
According to him, the IPOB’s leader arrest could spark protests across the southeast if not well managed by federal authorities.