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Nigeria— Over 257 Persons Killed By Herdsmen Within 5 Months

Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation revealed that over 257 persons have been reported dead due to the clashes between farmers and the Fulani herdsmen, since this year. He stated this at the opening ceremony of the Federal and States Security Administrator’s Meeting, in Katsina State.

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According to him;

 “Within the last few months, we have recorded a total of over 30 incidence which have claimed lives of more than 257 persons within this year alone.

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“States most affected are Zamfara, Adamawa, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Niger, Kaduna to mention but a few. In fact, other states in the southern part of the country are also affected,” he said.
Haliru also said the meeting will look into increasing cases of kidnapping, abduction as well as child abuse and proffer lasting solutions to the menace.

“Apart from this (herdsmen/farmers clash), we also have other problems, security challenges which are also compounding the security landscape. This is in the area of Kidnapping and abduction.

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“Kidnapping and Abduction use to be restricted to some areas but now and from record it is virtually a national menace, becoming so rampant in everywhere. Another worrying issue is the increasing menace of child abuse. Children are now becoming victims of criminal rape and molestation.

“So, it calls for all hands on deck in order to control and put an end to the seemingly disturbing occurrence of the incidence,” stated Permanent Secretary, Sulaiman Haliru, who represented the SGF.

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Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, who was also present at the ceremony said that his government has always handled matters regarding the security of the state seriously, investing manpower and resources. And this is yielding good results, he said.

“Cumulatively, the state government spends over 60 million natural monthly in assisting and supporting the security agencies in the state.
“It is against this backdrop and our present financial position that I would like to solicit that the Federal Government come in and look into the issue of funding of security agencies operating in the states,” he added.