NSCDC averts herds­men, farm­ers’ clash in Rivers

The Punch - - METRO - Chuk­wudi Akasike, Port Har­court

THe Nige­ria Se­cu­rity and Civil De­fence Corps, Rivers State Com­mand, said it averted what would have been a ma­jor clash be­tween herds­men and farm­ers in the Etche Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state by re­solv­ing a dis­pute be­tween both groups.

The state NSCDC Com­man­dant, Muk­tar Lawal, who said the corps was able to achieve the feat through its Agro-al­lied Rangers Team, added that the herds­men and farm­ers were cur­rently liv­ing in har­mony fol­low­ing the in­ter­ven­tion.

He pointed out that apart from pre­vent­ing the herders and farm­ers’ clash in the state, the corps had also en­sured a peace­ful co-ex­is­tence be­tween the herds­men and their host com­mu­ni­ties.

Speaking in Port Har­court while parad­ing sus­pected oil thieves, Lawal said, “With the com­ing of the Agro-al­lied Rangers Team, you hardly hear of herds­men and farm­ers’ clash in the state.

“This is as a re­sult of the rig­or­ous en­light­en­ment cam­paign em­barked upon by the corps among the herds­men and the host com­mu­ni­ties on the need for peace­ful co­ex­is­tence.

“So far, this unit has been able to me­di­ate in dis­putes be­tween the herds­men and some com­mu­ni­ties in the state. The corps has also in­ter­vened in a cri­sis be­tween the host com­mu­ni­ties in the Etche Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area and some herds­men.

“Ef­forts are still on­go­ing to en­sure last­ing peace be­tween mem­bers of the Miyetti Al­lah Cat­tle Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria and mem­bers of the Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria.”

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