April 16, 2024

Yobe State government says it may restrict the use of motorcycles in some communities recently attacked by suspected herders.

This was part of a resolution reached at the end of an expanded emergency meeting presided over by Governor Mai Mala Buni on Friday.

Briefing newsmen on the outcome of the meeting which was held behind closed doors, the Commissioner of Police, Yobe State Command, Garba Ahmed said the state government had resolved to utilize conflict resolution mechanism, leadership accountability, prompt response to security alerts and prompt proactive measures by stakeholders as ways to avert outbreak of conflict between farmers and herders.

Other measures, he added, were thorough investigation into the reported incident with a view to addressing the root cause of the problem.

He identified other strategies to include: “Networking for the purpose of intelligence gathering, drug abuse by the youth should be addressed, demarcation of cattle routes, establishment of grazing reserves, water points, control of immigrant nomads, constitution of a committee to douse tension among the conflicting parties.”

In his opening remarks, Governor Buni, represented by his deputy, Idi Barde Gubana described the recent disturbances perpetrated by some miscreants in Gurjaji village as unfortunate.

The meeting was attended by top government officials, legislators, Commander 27 Task Force Brigade, Police Commissioner, Commandant NSCDC, NCS, NIS Director DSS, Special Adviser on Security Matters to the Governor, among others.

Inside Arewa had reported that suspected herders invaded Gurjaji village in Fika local government area of Yobe State, killed one person, set ablaze houses, and displaced many households.

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