Saturday, February 13, 2016

Nigerians will no longer face Fulani herdsmen/farmers clashes- IGP


THE Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase yesterday assured of an end to Fulani herdsmen clashes with farmers across the federation. Arase spoke in Akure during his zonal tour of some states in the South West and Kwara State. 

IGP-Solomon-Arase This is coming as the State Governor Dr Olusegun Mimiko charged the police to address as a matter of urgency the rising cases of frequent clashes between the Fulani herdsmen and their host communities across the country. Dr Mimiko said this when the IGP paid him a courtesy visit in his office.

 However, speaking at a stakeholders meeting, the IGP said that efforts will be made to fully enforce the cattle ranch and grazing routes policies. Governor Mimiko described the upsurge as a new trend of security challenges that should be tackled headlong before it degenerates into big security threat.

 He noted that many lives and property had been lost to the crises in the last few years. He called on the Federal Government to invest heavily in cattle ranches to avert the incessant clashes between herdsmen and their host communities. 

Speaking earlier on the welfare of officers, the IG said that the force headquarters was working so hard to proffer immediate solutions soon. He disclosed that about 36, 000 officers were promoted in January, frowning at the insubordination that rocked the Police Public Relations Committee (PCRC). 

He noted that the force had initiated welfare packages especially for the rank and file of the NPF, institutionalizing it that no officer would retire without at least 2-bedroom flat in a housing scheme. Arase pointed out that the first phase of the scheme would be commissioned next month.

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