The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Ekiti State command, has called on members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria and farmers in Ekiti State to maintain the existing peace during this festive season.
The Ekiti State Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr. Solomon Iyamu, while meeting the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association and Farmers Association of Nigeria, Ekiti State chapter, warn them to cooperate with the command to achieve peace at Christmas and in the New Year 2019.
Iyamu, who warned Cattle breeders not to rear their cow around FADAMA farms in the state, so as to reduce tension between the members of the unions and the farm owners.
He said, “the NSCDC shall arrest and prosecute any cattle breeder in possession of fire arms, likewise any farmer that shoot at any cattle breeder or their cow”.
He further called on food stuff sellers not to hike the price of the locally-produced food items so as to make life affordable for all during the festive period.
The commandant stated that “we have observed that some food stuffs are been preserved with the use of pesticides such as Snipper, DDForce, which are harmful to human health, especially grains. He charge the members to sensitize their members on this food poisoning as anyone caught shall be prosecuted”.
He continued: “I received intelligence report that some farmers are set to poison water ways for the purpose of fishing, as well as setting some farm land and government reserved forest ablaze for purpose(s) of grazing. This command under my watch shall deal.with such person ruthlessly.”
Turning to the Miyetti Allah, Iyamu warned that any new Fulani or Hausa relocating to Ekiti State should be documented with the Hausa and Fulani community before plying their business for the purpose of proper identification.
He, however, commended the various groups for supplying the command with useful information that help in nipping in the bud criminal activities around farm settlements in the state, calling for more cooperation geared towards peace and development in Ekiti.
“The NSCDC meeting with the Agro-allied groups in Ekiti State is the end of the year meeting. As I thank you for your cooperation over the years, since the Federal Ministry of Agriculture has signed a partnership deal with us to coordinate and supervise these groups” to review activities and also plan for the New Year engagements.
Responding at the peace meeting, the Chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Ekiti State, Alhaji Mohammud Nasamu said most of the crisis between cattle breeders and farmers are mostly caused by those migrating to the state.
Alhaji Nasamu called on the state government to grant support to the Miyetti Allah Vigilante group who are working day and night in the bush to be able to do their work effectively.
The Chairman of the Hausa Community, Alhaji Adamu Usman, promised that they would continue to cooperate and support the government for peace to reign in the state.
Culled from daily
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