Bello threat­ens to de­pose tra­di­tional rulers over herds­men, farm­ers’ clash

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From John Akubo, Lokoja

GOVER­NOR Ya­haya Bello of Kogi State has threat­ened to de­throne any tra­di­tional ruler and re­move any coun­cil chair­man if Fu­lani herds­men and farm­ers clash in their do­main.

The gover­nor who gave this warn­ing dur­ing a stake­hold­ers meet­ing of the farm­ers and the herds­men in Lokoja yes­ter­day or­dered that Fu­lani must hence­forth be ap­pointed into the state ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil, lo­cal gov­ern­ment coun­cil and all the tra­di­tional coun­cils in the state. The gover­nor or­dered that any­where there is crises the lead­ers would be de­throned as he would not tol­er­ate crim­i­nals in the guise of tra­di­tional rulers.

He or­dered the se­cu­rity agen­cies to re­open all cases in­volv­ing Fu­lani/farm­ers for jus­tice to be seen to be done.

He also or­dered for the cen­sus and lo­ca­tion of Fu­lani in the state to be eas­ily iden­ti­fi­able for se­cu­rity rea­sons.

Bello who re­jected the ad­vice of some tra­di­tional rulers to in­tro­duce anti graz­ing law in the state to re­duce the in­ces­sant clashes be­tween the farm­ers and herds­men, said his ad­min­is­tra­tion wel­comes all sorts of Fu­lani herds­men to the state provided they will live har­mo­niously with the peo­ple. He frowned at the fre­quent killings of in­no­cent ci­ti­zens in the state and said he would set up a com­mit­tee to fine tune the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the herds­men and farm­ers in the state.

Ear­lier, the tra­di­tional ruler of Dek­ina, Al­haji Us­nan Obaje told the gover­nor how the Fu­lani re­cently killed over 24 mem­bers of his com­mu­nity and how the herds­men con­stantly raped some in­no­cent girls who went to have their bath at the com­mu­nity river.

The tra­di­tional ruler also in­ti­mated the gover­nor on how some Fu­lani in­vaded a com­mu­nity mosque and killed ev­ery­body at sight even as he called on the Gover­nor to en­act the anti graz­ing law to dis­cour­age the fre­quent at­tacks. The tra­di­tional ruler of Elete near Ajaokuta re­layed how he was kid­napped by some herds­men in 2016 and a huge sum of money was paid as ran­som and pleaded with the Gover­nor to do some­thing ur­gent to save them from the men­ace of the herds­men.

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