Top Emir suspended by northern governor
The Bauchi state government on Friday, July 3, announced the suspension of the activities of the Emir of Misau, Alhaji Ahmad Suleiman.
The Emir was removed from office because of a violent clash between farmers and pastoralists on his property, which led to the death of nine people, the Nation reports.
Bauchi state Governor Bala Mohammed also set up a 13-person investigation team to determine the cause of the clash of communities.
Meanwhile, after increasing security across the country, suspected herders attacked Benue state again, killing at least nine farmers in the Agatu local government area on Sunday, June 14.
According to The Nation, Suleiman Usman Alilu, Chairman of the LGA, confirmed that the farmers were killed. The Chairman explained that the shepherds stormed the village of Adana at about 5.30 am, when the residents were just getting up.
Alilu went further and noted that immediately when he received a call that the Adana community was under attack, he called Lieutenant Colonel Paul Hembe, the Governor’s chief security adviser and commander of the military contingent in Agatu.
Kate Anene, a spokeswoman for the Benue state police, also confirmed the attack on the agatu community. In another report, the House of representatives urged the Federal government to stop foreign pastoralists from entering Nigeria.
This proposal was introduced in the lower houses of the National Assembly by the minority leader in the House of representatives, the Hon. Ndudi Elumelu.
In contributing to the proposal, lawmakers said that shepherds were enraged, destroying farmland and killing innocent Nigerians.
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They also noted that they are aware that security agencies constantly state that shepherds come from neighboring African countries.
The proposal was subsequently passed unanimously by the House of representatives.
Armed herders have recently been wreaking havoc in various parts of Nigeria. Three months ago, the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, wrote a letter to the inspector General of police, Mohammed Adamu, regarding the movement of shepherds with AK-47 rifles in the South-Eastern region.