Uzo Uwani killings: Enugu vigilantes to get guns

Arising from crucial security meeting with Enugu state government, traditional rulers and presidents-general of more than 450 town unions in the state, yesterday resolved to amend the laws establishing vigilante groups to strengthen them and possibly enable them to bear arms.

The security meeting, coming one week after suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani council area, killing scores, was organised to stern further occurrence.

Anambra State has also announced that it has been running a helicopter surveillance on its border areas to detect any suspicious gatherings or movements.

Several groups in the South East have threatened to evict the herdsmen from the zone, but the Federal Government has appealed to them not to take the laws into their hands.

Source: Herders attacks: Enugu to equip vigilantes with arms – Blueprint

Revealed: The matter that led to herdsmen attack on Uzo Uwani

Root cause of the invasion, Daily Trust on Sunday was informed that the relationship between Ukpabi Nimbo and its herdsmen guests was severed in 2015, when the hosts demanded that the herdsmen must leave their land.

They accused them of unleashing destruction on their farms as well as raping their women. Last year, a fight between the herdsmen and Nimbo people reportedly led to the loss of lives on both sides. At last, the herdsmen were said to have angrily left the community, but some of them stayed back inside the bush.

Government must redouble efforts to create peace and security for both the herdsmen and their host communities, but grazing reserves should be dropped from the equation, because it could breed feelings of being cheated out of their ancestral lands.

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremmadu has said there is nothing like Grazing bill in the National Assembly. Their should be nothing like it even with different semantics.

Source: Nigeria: Enugu Killings – How We Came Under Attack – Villagers – allAfrica.com

Grazing Reserves Proposal is evil and should never become law

In the aftermath of the attack on the Enugu town of Uzo Uwani by cattle herdsmen in which scores of people were murdered, the Enugu state government has come out to say unequivocally that grazing reserves for cattle will not be accepted in the state.

This was made clear when the Govenor of Enugu state, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi met federal legislative officials from the state. The state joins Oyo State, and Benue State in rejecting the bill.

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State had earlier spoken out against the bill, saying that it goes against the Land Use Act and that his state has no land available for such reserves. He instead suggested that states were the herdsmen come from in the North may carve out portions of land for such if they wish. Continue reading “Grazing Reserves Proposal is evil and should never become law”

Delta King gives Fulani herdsmen 9 days to leave kingdom

As a result of communal tensions the traditional ruler of Idjere Kingdom in, Ethiope West Local Government Area, Delta State, HRM Erhiekevwe I, has given all Fulani herdsmen in his domain 9 days to vacate his kingdom. Th Ovie said;

“Farming is my people’s mainstay. The Hausas/Fulani people rearing cattle here have created too many problems, including killing of innocent people.  They also defile our women and destroy their crops while grazing. They must leave in nine days or face the wrath of my people who I will unleash on them.”

Ever since herdsmen attacked the towns of Agatu and Uzouwani, and killed scores of indigenes, there has been rising opposition to their presence many communities in Nigeria.

The Governor of Oyo State, Governor Ajimobi has also said that his state would not give any lands to Fulani herdsmen as proposed in the grazing reserve bill currently in the National Assembly.

People believe that if the grazing reserve law is passed, their ancestral lands would be taken from them and handed over to the Fulani herdsmen.

Source: Delta monarch gives Fulani herdsmen nine days to quit kingdom – Vanguard News