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Reps urge FG, halt foreign herdsmen’s entry to Nigeria

The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to put a halt to the alleged entry of herdsmen from other African countries into Nigeria.

This was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion by Rep. Ndudi Elumelu (PDP-Delta), at plenary on Tuesday.

Moving the motion earlier, Elumelu said in recent years, herdsmen have been on the rampage, destroying farmlands, burning villages and killing innocent Nigerians indiscriminately in many states across the federation.

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Elumelu said that the Nigerian security agents had consistently stated that those herdsmen were not Nigerians but migrants from other neighbouring countries.

He said those herdsmen who were militant in nature had consistently instilled fears in the lives of local farmers and villagers living in the affected areas.

He said the herdsmen used coercion, intimidation, brute force, and extreme violence, in most cases, leaving a large number of persons dead.

“The violent conflicts between the nomadic herders from neighbouring countries and local farmers are escalating by the day to more states of the federation, and if left unchecked will further threaten the security and stability of the nation.

“The clashes are becoming potentially as dangerous as the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast.

“Yet to date, response to the crisis at both the federal and state levels has been very poor and ineffective.

“It has become necessary to lend a voice to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State that a stop is put to the movement of herdsmen from other African countries to Nigeria.

“This is to curb the rate of crimes and conflicts associated with their movements across Nigeria,” he said.

In his ruling, Speaker of the house, Femi Gbajabiamila, mandated the Committees on Police Affairs, Army, and Interior to interface with security agencies with a view to ensuring implementation and report within four weeks.

He mandated the committees to invite the Inspector-General of Police, the Chief of Army Staff, and the Comptroller General of the Nigerian and Immigration Service respectively on the best ways of policing and securing the Nigerian borders.

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