The Nigerian senate took steps this week to address the attacks carried out by Fulani Militants. In comparing the attacks to Boko Haram, the upper legislative chamber charged security agencies to put a check on the attacks, apprehend culprits and bring them to justice. Militants ravage the country, attacking mostly Christian farmers. The senate had a moment of silence for two women who were raped then strangled to death. The government increasing protection for farmers is encouraging in light of the fact that farmers have been unable to work in their fields out of fear of an attack.
06/01/2017 Nigeria (All Africa) – THE Senate, yesterday, highlighted the need to deal decisively with herdsmen attacks across the country, describing the phenomenon as another form of Boko Haram.
The Upper legislative chamber, which noted that the modus operandi of the herdsmen was not different from that of Boko Haram, also charged security agencies to put a check on the attacks, apprehend the culprits and bring them to justice.
This is the second time in a week that the Senate would take a strong position on the issue, having, last week, directed the Inspector General of Police to go after the herdsmen.
It also observed a minute silence for those who lost their lives to herdsmen attacks in Edo Central senatorial district and other previous attacks in the country, even as it asked the Federal Government to take up immediately the health needs of Ehimen Donald Abuya, who was attacked by the herdsmen in the latest attacks.
The Senate equally urged the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to urgently visit Ewu communities to ascertain the extent of damage done by the herdsmen, with a view to providing relief materials to families of the bereaved and other persons currently displaced and denied access to their farmlands.