Federal Government Dumps Cattle Colonies, Asks States To Tackle Herdsmen Themselves

The 10-man working committee constituted few days ago by the National Economic Council, headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, comprising the governors of Zamfara, Kaduna, Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, Edo, Plateau, Ebonyi and Oyo States, to end the constant attacks from Fulani herdsmen in some parts of the country has reportedly decided that every state should, by a rigorous consultative process with all stakeholders, design its own solutions to tackle the insurgency.

According to a highly placed Presidency official privy to the activities of the committee, who revealed to State House correspondents on Sunday that the committee had resolved that the Federal Government would not impose any solution on any states, Osinbajo, at a recent meeting of the committee, assured that the Federal Government would certainly not impose its ideas on the states.

The official, who craved anonymity, further disclosed that the vice president noted that fears being expressed on the cattle colonies proposed to be established by the Federal Government were misplaced.

He added that the committee also resolved to work with the Federal Government to strengthen law enforcement as well as all security and intelligence agencies so that they could coordinate better in dealing with the crisis and preventing it from further escalation. He further said the committee also resolved that decisive military force be fully engaged to deal with bandits "behind the killings in parts of the country especially regarding the crisis often associated with herdsmen."

"The role of bandits and suspected mercenaries in what has become known as herdsmen/ farmer clashes and violence may have provoked the need for a fresh approach to dealing with the crisis," the official stated.

While adding that the military was already engaged and would soon begin to take decisive steps to address the situation, while the police and other security agencies had also been directed to recruit more rank and file to beef up security in the troubled spots in particular and the country in general.

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