Security: Zuba monarch summons district heads over ‘uninvited’ guests
The Agora of Zuba in Gwagwalada Area Council, Alhaji Muhammad Bello, has summoned district heads, Fulani and other local leaders in his chiefdom to inform them about the presence of some ‘uninvited’ guests within the chiefdom.
Fulani herders and Tivs are said to have flooded Yimi, Shenagu and Chitumu villages and allegedly occupied farm lands without the permission of the owners.
At the meeting attended by heads of security outfits in the area, on Wednesday, stakeholders discussed security situation in the country, noting that Zuba, as one of entry gates into the nation’s capital, needed more security attention.
The Agora of Zuba said the meeting was sequel to a letter he received from the office of the FCT minister through the Gwagwalada Area Council, about the presence of the “uninvited guests.”
He said the meeting was called in order to avert unnecessary conflict between the indigenous farmers and the migrants.
The Agora of Zuba ordered that the local chiefs should identify and meet with the people in question to find out their mission.
He said: “You should also find out where they came from and bring them to my palace for a special meeting. There is no plan to evacuate them unless if it becomes necessary.’’
Village head of Zuba, Alhaji Qasim Muhammad, reminded the Fulani leaders of their responsibilities, warning that any leader that failed to discharge his responsibility would be relieved of his appointment.
Responding on behalf of the Fulani community, FCT Miyetti Allah Chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu, blamed the leaders of the affected areas of not reporting the arrival of the “uninvited guests” to the chiefdom.
The Security agents that attended the meeting included the Police Divisional Officers of Zuba and Gwagwalada, FRSC Zuba Unit Commander, Civil Defence and SSS representative in the area, who spoke on how to avert trouble and ensure security in Zuba, which he described as very strategic to the FCT.
An elderly man weaving basket at Riwaza village in Kwali Area Council on last weekend.
ABUBAKAR SADIQ ISAH