June 09, 2020

JUST IN: FG to close Nigerian borders to illegal herdsmen - Reps | Lagbajablog



The House of Representatives has advised the federal government to put a stop to herdsmen illegal entry into Nigeria from other African Countries.

Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu on Tuesday moved motion that the Federal government to set in process the motion to amend the ECOWAS treaties on free movement of people and goods.

Elumelu said the herdsmen have been on the rampage, destroying farmlands, burning villages and killing innocent Nigerians indiscriminately, which might soon be a threat on food security in the country.

“In recent years, herdsmen have been on the rampage, destroying farmlands, burning villages and killing innocent Nigerians indiscriminately in many states across the federation. 
“Nigerian security agents have consistently stated that those herdsmen are not Nigerians but migrants from other African countries. 
“Those herdsmen who are militant in nature have consistently instilled fear in the lives of local farmers and villagers living in the affected areas by the use of coercion, intimidation, brute force and extreme violence, in most cases, leaving a large number of persons dead.”

Elumelu added that The violent conflicts between the nomadic herders from neighbouring countries and local farmers is escalating by the day.

“The violent conflicts between the nomadic herders from neighbouring countries and local farmers is 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 North East, 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 be put to the movement of herdsmen from other African countries to Nigeria, so as to curb the rate of crime and conflicts associated with their movements across Nigeria.’

Adding to the motion, Nasir Ali from Kano State begged the House to limit the restriction on “illegal herders.” Noting that there are legal herders who come to Nigeria to sell goods.

The House, therefore, mandated the Committees on Police Affairs, Army and Interior to interface with 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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