Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has banned night grazing and armed herdsmen in the state just as he set up a seven-man committee in each of the eighteen local government areas to check herdsmen, farmers’ clashes.
The seven-man committee will include the chairmen or heads of the local government areas, the Divisional Police Officers, representatives of the Department of State Services and four representatives from the communities in the state.
Governor Obaseki, who presided over a stakeholders’ meeting with the Seriki Hausa/Fulani leaders from the eighteen local government areas in the state, on urged the committee to “review all cases of herdsmen/farmers’ clashes in all the local government areas.”
The governor said, a special team made up of the Police, Army, Civil Defence Corps and other Security Agencies in the state will carry out random patrols and search operations as any herdsman found in possession of firearms will be arrested and charged with illegal possession of firearms as cattle rearers do not need an AK47 to herd cattle.
Governor Obaseki added that another committee that he would head would have the state Commissioner of Police, the Director of the DSS in the state, the Commander of Four Brigade and representatives of the communities across the three senatorial districts in the state as members.
The Chairman, Edo State Hausa Community, Alhaji Badamasi Saleh, advised that a mechanism should be put in place to protect informants as most members of the communities find it difficult to volunteer information to the security agencies as they fear that their identities would not be protected.