Ban cattle movement, says Ganduje


Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has said the movement of cattle and herdsmen from one place to another should be banned to stop herdsmen-farmers clashes in the country.

The called for a law to back the ban, saying until this was done, the clashes might continue.

Ganduje made his position known in an interview with journalists on Saturday after a lunch that state governors elected on the platform of the ruling Alł Progressives Congress had with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in Daura, Katsina State.

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The governor spoke at a time there is heightened tension in some South-West states, especially Ondo and Oyo, over notices to quit issued to herdsmen.

He said, “My advocacy is that we should abolish the transport or trekking of herdsmen from the Northern part of Nigeria to the Middle Belt and to the Southern part of Nigeria.

“There should be a law that will ban, otherwise we cannot control the conflicts between herdsmen and farmers and cannot control the cattle rustling which is affecting us greatly.”

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Ganduje also urged the new service chiefs to work with state governors in order to succeed, adding that as the chief security officers, they knew the security needs of the people and the various black spots in their states.

Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, on his part said, “I will ask them to work hard; harder than what Mr President might have assumed they would do because the task ahead is very challenging and I believe they will live up to expectations.”

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Jigawa State Governor, Muhammad Badaru, asked the new service chiefs to work on intelligence gathering.

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