Abdullahi Babayo, the Director General of Nomadic Affairs in Niger State, has urged herdsmen and farmers to surrender their illegal firearms to their community leaders. He said the community would pas the weapons to the police. He warned the farmers and herdsmen that any one of them caught with firearms will face the full wrath of the law. He also disclosed that the state was planning a house-to-house search to uncover illegal firearms.
Babayo told Northern City News that the discord between farmers and herdsmen was due to the breakdown of mutual understanding.
“The mutual understanding and harmonious coexistence between the herdsmen and farmers has a long history and one wonders why the relationship went bad, but the government would no longer accept such destruction of lives and farm produce in the state under its watch,” Babayo said.
He warned the concerned parties to avoid acts that may be inimical to the peace and security of the state. He said they should bear in the mind that they should always see themselves as partners that need the service of each other for the socio-economic and political development of the state.