Okowa condemns armed herdsmen at stakeholders meeting
Worried by the upsurge about clashes between herdsmen and some communities in Delta State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday held a stakeholders’ forum in Asaba to find solutions to the menace.
Present at the forum were representatives of traditional rulers’ council, communities, farmers, local council chairmen, Miyetti Allah Association, Miyetti Allah Kautu Hore, Cattle Dealers Association, Cattle Breeders Association, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Moslem leaders, civil society organisations, the military, police, Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Nigeria Immigration Service.Okowa condemned the use of dangerous weapons by herdsmen.
The governor said: “Issues of misunderstanding between the herdsmen and our communities have become worrisome in recent times and we don’t want this to continue. Deltans are hospitable people but visitors to the state should know that they should live in peace with the people. The communities are beginning to lose patience and I hope we will be able to speak frankly and in a peaceful manner for us to proffer ways forward.”
Participants at the meeting resolved that security agents should be proactive and arrest anyone caught with assault rifles and prosecute such persons. They also urged them to be more vigilant at Ohoro-Bomadi road to ensure that farmers and the villagers are protected from attack by the herdsmen.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Alkali Usman, advocated tolerance, cooperation, mutual respect and peaceful co-existence among the people, groups and the local communities.