Herdsmen Killings: NEC working group recommends ranching in five states

Yemi-Osinbaji-560x390The Technical Sub-Committee set up by the National Economic Council (NEC) Working Group has recommended the adoption of ranching in some of the states affected by farmers/herdsmen clashes as a sustainable solution to the conflicts.

The states are Zamfara, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Taraba and Benue.

The Working Group also recommended that the state governments of the five affected states allocate land for this purpose.

A press release, signed by Laolu Akande, senior special assistant to the president on media & publicity, and made available to media late Thursday night, stated this.

The communique also stated that “Contrary to some online media reports, NEC did not discuss or pronounce a ban on the movement of herdsmen.”

The recommendation was reached as the committee presented an interim report at this month’s NEC meeting presided by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The sub-committee is headed by Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, with the governors of Plateau and Adamawa states among the committee’s members.

“Following its visit to five out of seven of the affected states, including Zamfara, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Taraba and Benue, the committee, in its report to NEC today, noted that a root cause of the conflict was the struggle for scarce land and resources,” the communique highlighted.

Briefing the press after the NEC meeting, as highlighted in the statement, Mr Umahi said most of the killings, especially in Benue State, are carried out by herdsmen from outside the country and called for the deployment of more security operatives in the area.

Scores of people have e been killed by suspected herdsmen in Benue since the start of the year. The latest was over a dozen worshipers including two clerics killed in a church this week. Residents then retaliated on members of a Hausa community killing many of them.

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