Senate sets up committee on ending herdsmen attack

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

The Nigerian Senate has set up a six man ad-hoc committee with a mandate to find lasting solutions to the issue of conflicts between herdsman and their host communities across Nigeria.

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu who presided over Thursday’s plenary, also mandated the committee to facilitate a public hearing on the matter with a view to reaching the goal of ending unnecessary attacks by herdsmen.

Thursday’s decision to constitute an ad-hoc committee was based on a motion of urgent National interest moved by Senator Chukwuka Utazi representing Enugu North Senatorial District in eastern Nigeria.

The PDP Senator had in his lead debate, condemned unprovoked attacks on some communities in Enugu North early this week causing threats to the lives of people around the region.

“Mr. President, Distinguished Colleagues, you will recall that on Monday about the wee hours, Fulani herdsmen attacked and maimed most vulnerable people in Uzo Uwani in Enugu North Senatorial District and I want the Senate to take action,” he submitted.

In his contribution to the debate, Senator Isah Misau (Bauchi Central Senatorial District) submits  that the inadequate presence of Nigeria Police in rural areas is an issue to be addressed, if insecurity is to be tackled.

Also, Senator Shola Adeyeye who suggested that government should introduce Community Policing, as part of the solution to incessant killings, blamed state Governors for tampering with Local Government finances which he said, had not allowed effective operations of Council areas.

According to him, “Mr. President, Distinguished Colleagues, it is high time government reverted to community Policing and part of the problem is State governor’s interference with Local Government Areas which should be Closer to rural areas.”

The Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio in his contribution noted that the issue should be carefully handled in order not to escalate the security threats beyond the present situation.

In his remark, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu while expressing condolences to the bereaved, noted that the three arms of government should take responsibility for the incessant occurrence.

The Senate also urged Security agencies to beef up intelligence gathering to proactively protect the people and directed the National Emergency Management Agency to provide relief materials to the afflicted communities.

It also directed the Nigeria Police to establish rapid response Unit across the Federation with a responsibility to stopping and searching herdsmen carrying luggage.

The six man ad-hoc committee is headed by the Senate Leader, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume who is representing the North East zone. Other members of the committee include, Senator Abdulahi Adamu, representing North Central, Senator Shehu Sani representing North West, while the South East has Senator Mao Ohuabinwa as its representative,Senator Ishiaka Adeleke is representing the South West in the ad-hoc committee and Senator Ben Murray Bruce is representing the South South zone.

Confidence O.