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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Senate orders Army, police chiefs to arrest Murderous Fulani Herdsmen






Senators have asked the nation’s security agen­cies to rise to the de­fence of hapless Nigeri­ans who are daily being killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen ravaging various parts of the country.

After reviewing cases of re­newed killings by the armed herdsmen, the Upper House on Wednesday said that the se­curity agencies, especially the military and the police, owed Nigerians the responsibility to defend them against criminal elements, especially the Fula­ni bandits.

The Senate specifically charged the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisak­in, and the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to

rise up to their responsibilities and halt the continued killing of Nigerians by criminal herds­men.

The Senate’s directive fol­lowed a report of the killing of innocent women in parts of Edo State by suspected Fulani herds­men.
The Senate asked the Chief of Defence Staff and the Inspec­tor general of Police to deploy soldiers and policemen to fish out the perpetrators of the hei­nous acts.

The Senate mandated its ad-hoc committee, chaired by Sena­tor Kabiru Gaya, to investigate all the activities of Fulani herdsmen in the country, including the re­cent attacks in Edo State.

In a motion he moved on the floor of the Upper House, Sen­ator Clifford Ordia, who repre­sents Edo Central, drew the Sen­ate’s attention to the incident in Ewu in Edo Central where two women were raped and killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Ordia also referred to an­other incident where four wom­en were also recently raped in a community in Edo North Sena­torial District.

Senator Ordia’s motion, which touched on an issue of urgent national concern, was tagged: “Need to curtail the ac­tivities of Fulani herdsmen in Edo State”.

The lawmaker’s claims were corroborated by Senator Francis Alimikhena, who represents Edo North Senatorial District.

Ordia said that the attacks were carried out on May 22, 2017.
His account: “These ravag­ing herdsmen entered a farm­land located in Ewu community, Esan Central Local Government of Edo State, and raped two wom­en – Mrs. Martina Emoyon and Mrs. Ariu, strangled them to death, destroyed crops and sacked a lot of people from their farmlands.”
“Consequent upon these criminal activities of the Fula­ni herdsmen, the youths of Ewu engaged in a peaceful protest to draw the attention of the Fed­eral Government to the prob­lem. Sadly, one Ehimen Donald Abuya was shot and the victim is at present lying critically ill at Ir­rua Specialist Hospital.”
“Since these destructive at­tacks occurred, it has been ob­served that no farmer in the com­munities has engaged in farming activities for fear of being killed.”

“I am concerned about the heinous and criminal activi­ties being perpetrated by Fula­ni herdsmen who ravaged com­munities and deprived persons of their right to life and prosper­ity, raped, defiled women and destroyed farms/crops amongst other criminal activities across the country.”

“Despite the public outcry and previous resolutions of the National Assembly as regards the criminal activities of herds­men, there seems to be no visible action on the part of government to curtail, abate or stop the crim­inal activities of these elements among Fulani herdsmen”.

Citing Section 33(1) of Chap­ter IV of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), Senator Ordia said: “Every person has a right to life and no one shall be deprived intentionally of his life, save in the execution of a court sentence in respect of criminal offence of which he has been found guilty in Nigeria”.

“The Africa Chapter on Hu­man and Peoples Right, of which Nigeria is a signatory, also pro­vides for right to life and respect for integrity of persons, freedom from slavery, torture, cruel, inhu­man and degrading treatment”.

“Section 43 of the constitu­tion provides that every citizen shall have a right to acquire and own immovable property any­where in Nigeria.”
“The 1999 Constitution in Section 14(b) clearly provides that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government”.

Senator Alimikhena, who said that four women were raped in a community in his senatorial district, lamented that the herds­men had taken over highways and farmlands in the area.

He said that his people were handicapped since they were not allowed to bear arms. He appealed to the Senate to inter­vene so that the carnage in his area could be stopped.

After their submissions, the Senate directed the securi­ty chiefs to act fast on the mat­ter and halt the dangerous trend of Fulani herdsmen marauding through the nation.

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