Incessant attacks by Fulani herdsmen across Nigeria could result in another major security challenge like the one posed by terror group Boko Haram, if not effectively tackled.
Some lawmakers in the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly raised the fears on Wednesday while debating a motion titled ”Motion on the need to curtail the activities of the Fulani Herdsmen”.
They called on the Federal Government to up the ante in the protection of lives and property as the herdsmen are increasingly getting out of hand.
In the motion moved by Senator Clifford Ordia (Edo/Central), who moved the motion, said, “The Senate is saddened that on the 22nd of May, 2017, these ravaging herdsmen entered into a farmland located in Ewu Community, Esan Central Local Government Area of Edo State, raped two women, Mrs. Martina Emoyon and Mrs. Ariu, and strangled them to death; destroyed crops and sacked a lot of persons from their various farmlands.
“Since this destructive attack, it has been observed that no farmer in the communities has engaged in farming activities for fear of being killed.”
On his part, Senator Francis Alimikhena (Edo/North) said criminal activities by herdsmen were spreading across the country.
“This Fulani herdsmen issue is a problem; it is another Boko Haram that is rearing its head if not nipped in the bud right now. It is very criminal for some people to start killing people, raping them, taking their possessions and they go away with it.
“They will rape women to death and even kidnap their husbands. I don’t know where we are going. It is better for this Inspector-General of Police to deploy his security operatives instead of blowing whistle that is not even fruitful and searching houses in which they will not find anything.
”If this one is not well taken care of, it is another monster that will grow and destroy this country. The activities of these herdsmen in Edo State and other parts of the country are worrisome to every Nigerian,” he said.topics from