Police report blames unemployment for Fulani herdsmen attacks

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The final report of the 2017 National Security Conference on incessant Fulani herdsmen attack on farmers across the country has found unemployment to be a major cause of the menace.

Presenting the report to the Inspector general of police in Abuja, the chairman, organizing committee of the conference, DIG Hyacinth Dagala described it as a major breakthrough in the effort to find a lasting solution to the crisis that has led to the death and displacement of thousands of people across the country and the destruction of property worth millions of naira.

Mr Dagala enumerated other recommendations of the report to include the need for government to institute appropriate measures aimed at addressing structural crisis, exclusion, and illiteracy.

The report also stressed the need for traditional rulers to continue to play vital roles in the promotion of peace and national unity.

The Inspector general of police, Mr Ibrahim Kpotun Idris while commending the security stakeholders who produced the report for a job well done, said the report will be distributed among all tiers of government.

“I want this report to be forwarded to all the major stakeholders of this country; from the executive arm of government to the legislative arm of government and all the major stakeholders, ministries and departments.”

He said.

The police boss pledged to ensure full implementation of the recommendations of the report.

Fulani herdsmen have been blamed for genocidal attacks on farmers and unarmed villagers across the country that have continued for quite some time now.

However, despite the high human and material costs of these attacks, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government and of course all the security agencies under it have shown no sincere commitment towards tackling the unfortunate development.

Ọlaọha Ezeja

Ọlaọha Ezeja is the founder of ezeja and is based in Enugu. Contact Ọlaọha at olaoha@ezeja.com.

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