Sen. Pwa­jok wants FG to ban lo­cal, trans-bor­der hunt­ing

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Sen. Gyang Pwa­jok (PDP- Plateau North) has called on the Federal Govern­ment to ban lo­cal and trans-bor­der hunt­ing to cur­tail move­ment with arms.

Pwa­jok made the call in an in­ter­view with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on yes­ter­day.

The se­na­tor spoke fol­low­ing claims by some sus­pected in­sur­gents that they were lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional hunters.

He de­cried the us­age of “all man­ners of terms to con­ceal the real iden­tity of the at­tack­ers’’, and ex­pressed sur­prise that people claim­ing to be hunters were caught in the ur­ban ar­eas.

“Re­ally, claim­ing to be in­ter­na­tional hunters ex­plains noth­ing at all. We must ban such things and in­sist on the true iden­ti­ties of those caught.

The se­na­tor said that it was not proper to blame the Fu­la­nis for all the at­tacks in the North-West and North-Cen­tral.

“When we blame the Fu­la­nis, we com­mu­nalise the crime and re­duce in­ves­ti­gat­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. We must dig more and find out who is car­ry­ing these at­tacks.

“We must dig deeper so as to know their mis­sion, mo­tive, their spon­sors and why their tar­gets are al­ways the vul­ner­a­ble groups like the chil­dren, women and the aged,’’ he said.

He also called for proper scru­tiny of state­ments made by lead­ers of some eth­nic groups on the lin­ger­ing vi­o­lence.

Pwa­jok also ex­pressed re­grets that cat­tle rear­ing as an en­ter­prise could no longer be car­ried out in a peace­ful man­ner as was the case in the past.

“We grew to see a mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial re­la­tion­ship be­tween our par­ents and herds­men.

“The farmer found the cow dung a rich source of ma­nure, while the herds­men found the green grass and the sticks of har­vested crops a rich source of graz­ing for the cows.

“So, cat­tle rear­ing is one en­ter­prise that should be very peace­ful, ac­cept­able and eas­ily wel­comed. (NAN)

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