Insecurity: Reps ask FG to disarm herdsmen across Nigeria

Fulani Herdsmen

House of Representatives has asked the Presidency to urgently set up a special force to disarm all the herdsmen in the country to reduce clashes with farmers.

The House took the decision following a motion sponsored by the Benue state caucus in the House, which complained about the last Saturday invasion of Buruku local government area by those they called armed strange herdsmen.

The caucus told the house that the invading herdsmen destroyed farms, plundered yam barns and looted homes, while security forces refused to intervene.

Speaking on behalf of the lawmakers, the Chairman, Rules and Business, Orker Jev (APC), lamented that communities in Buruku local government area of Benue State, especially Binev Council ward, was invaded by “armed and strange herdsmen”.

“The herdsmen destroyed farms, plundered yam barns and looted houses deserted by innocent and armless villagers,” Mr. Orker said.

“We are worried that these strange herdsmen are heavily armed with sophisticated weapons, seem to be operating or supported by a killer squad of mercenaries that arrived the communities on Friday night on motorcycles and unleashed the mayhem the following day,” Mr Orker added.

The Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun who presided over the plenary, directed the House committees on special duties and political affairs to actualize the resolution.

Meanwhile, Governor Samuel Ortom said all herdsmen will be evicted from Benue state as from Thursday this week, following their fresh attack on the farmers.

Addressing affected farmers on Monday night, the Governor told them that all the herdsmen will be led out of the state by security forces.

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