Kogi As­sem­bly urges Wada to in­ter­vene Fu­lani, farm­ers hos­til­i­ties

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Us­man A. Bello, Lokoja

The Kogi House of As­sem­bly has called on the state govern­ment to wade into the herds­men/ farm­ers cri­sis in Omala Lo­cal Govern­ment Area.

The House res­o­lu­tion fol­lowed the adop­tion of a mo­tion of ur­gent pub­lic im­por­tance moved by Aliyu Akuh (PDP-Omala) draw­ing govern­ment’s at­ten­tion to the spillover of the Agatu/Fu­lani cri­sis in Benue State.

Pre­sent­ing the mo­tion, Akuh said the re­cent cri­sis fol­low­ing the in­va­sion of herds­men in IbadoAk­pacha two weeks ago, has re­sulted in the killing of two in­di­genes of the com­mu­nity.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the herds­men suf­fered two ca­su­al­ties late last year when they at­tacked the IbadoAk­pacha com­mu­nity over al­leged har­bour­ing of Agatu people, who fled their vil­lages to seek refuge in the Kogi bor­der com­mu­nity.

He said the re­cent at­tack was a reprisal to avenge the loss of two herds­men in last year’s at­tack, adding that even the Agatu com­mu­nity lead­ers were now ac­cus­ing Omala com­mu­ni­ties of har­bour­ing herds­men. He also urged the House to call on the state com­mis­sioner of po­lice to de­ploy more armed per­son­nel to the area for reg­u­lar rou­tine checks and sur­veil­lance.

Speaker of the House, Al­haji Mo­moh-Ji­moh Lawal, while adopt­ing the mo­tion, said the House would hold an ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion with the state com­mis­sioner of po­lice and di­rec­tor of the State Se­cu­rity Ser­vice (SSS) to dis­cuss the mat­ter.

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