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Jigawa Police Holds Peace Meeting With Herdsmen, Farmers




Herdsmen, farmers hold peace meeting in Jigawa. Photo Credit: Premium Times

Jigawa State Police Command in collaboration with eight local government councils have held a security summit for farmers and herdsmen to resolve the crisis ravaging the region.

The summit which was held on Wednesday at Kirikasamma local council headquarters, was presided over by the state police commissioner, Bala Senchi, in order profer solutions to the lingering clash between farmers and herdsmen in the North-east region.

Mr. Bala said the government should be proactive rather than reactive in tackling the conflict.

“The crises control that we always implied will not solve the problems, what will solve the problems is that, the government needs to be proactive instead of reactive in responding to the problem,” he said.

In his remark, Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia, the state deputy governor, represented by the executive secretary, Farmers and Herdsmen Board, Rabiu Miko, said Jigawa recorded a high prevalence of farmers and herdsmen conflict in the region.

He said the state will soon retrieve all reserved areas that are meant for grazing and allocate it back to its original purpose and added that the state had provided 81 wind-mill pumps to the various grazing land across the state.

Mr. Hassan therefore, warned both parties not to take laws into their hands.

The Chairman All farmers Association of Nigerian (AFAN) in Kafin Hausa local government, Abba Umar lamented that some politicians had turned grazing land into their personal farmland.

He therefore, called on the government to “nullify the bad habit of grazing at night and using of masks by some herdsmen in the area.”

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Also, Wada Maija’a, Chairman, Miyatti Allah, Kirikasamma local government said the most affected area of crises in the locality is Zagari village to Tina’u area, stating that there is nom clear demarcation for grazing and farming, thus, causing the crisis.