Gombe moves to address farmer/herder challenges

Rebecca Mu'azu, Gombe

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Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has convened a state security council meeting to tackle the reported cases of herders- farmers conflicts in some parts of the state.
The meeting, presided over by the  Governor was attended by the state Commissioner  of Police, Commander, 301 Artillery Brigade, Director State Security Service, State Controllers of the Nigeria Custom, Immigration and Prison Services as well as Commandants, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence and Federal Road Safety Corps.
Briefing news men after the meeting, which held behind closed doors, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bello Makwashi, said the council discussed the current security threat, concerning the herders-farmers conflict in some local Government areas bordering neighbouring states.
He said they have agreed to adopt measures to combat the threat and nip it in the bud without being confrontational.
It is not going to be  confrontational, we are adopting community based strategies. All stakeholders, including the ministry of Internal Security, the Police and other security agencies,  leaders of the  Fulani, farmers and the traditional rulers will come together and chart the best way to tackle the issue instead of confrontation“.
According to the Gombe CP, there is no loss of life as a result of the conflict, caused by the migrating herders passing through the state, but that the security council is taking measures to manage the situation and ensure that  the herdsmen pass without causing damages to farmers’ crops.
He said they had made preparations well ahead of time to ensure peaceful and hitch-free celebraations in the ember month across the state.