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