Enugu Legislatures Demands Police Boundary Post


The Enugu State House Of Assembly, yesterday, called on the state commissioner of police, to immediately commence posting of his men to every boundary in the state.

The decision of the lawmakers is consequent upon allegations against the herdsmen, which ranges from destruction of farm lands, armed robbery, raping of women to killing of villagers.

The House while making the passionate call at the Hallowed Chambers also directed that all the Divisional Police Officers in the state should keep a watchful eye on the grazing locations of the Fulani herdsmen to ensure the maintenance of law and order.

The House equally directed that local government chairmen should form and sponsor community vigilante groups to ensure effective security of lives and properties in the localities.

In the same vein, the House urged traditional rulers in the various communities in the state where Fulani herdsmen are plying their trade should set up standing dispute resolution committees that would be responsible for settling disputes whenever they arise between the herdsmen and their host communities.

Contributing to a motion on matter of urgent public importance sponsored by the member representing Awgu South Constituency, Hon. Nelson Uduji and 11 others on the need for security check on the recent influx of Fulani herdsmen in Enugu State, the lawmakers frowned at the menace of the cattle rearers and said that something ought to be done quickly.

Hon. Joseph Ugwumba, representing Enugu East Rural Constituency stated that at the rate the herdsmen are destroying farmlands and attacking farmers as well as raping women in the farms, it would not be surprising if the state witness food shortage next year or some years to come.

He lamented that the Fulani herdsmen, who equally indulge in sporadic armed robbery, recently killed a police man who was traveling along with other passengers.

In his own submission, Hon. Chinedu Nwamba, Nsukka East Constituency said he had predicted that the influx of Fulani cattle rearers might spell doom for the state.

He said he moved a motion to that effect in August 9, 2012 to allert the state that danger was lurking but it was downplayed at the time.

The lawmaker lamented that once the Fulani herdsmen are allowed to reside at a place, before long they would begin to lay claims to the ownership of the land and would even go to war when challenged.

He cited the example of what is happening in Jos as part of the problem created by Fulani encroachment.

Whereas some members suggested that grazing areas should be created in the 17 local government areas, the member representing Nsukka West Constituency, Dame Nkechi Omeje Ogbu posited that no such grazing area should be created as it would mean inviting the Fulanis who would not want to go but begin to claim ownership of the land.

Speaker of the House, Hon. Eugene Odo posited that in as much as they are not asking that people should not come into the state to do business, what they want is that the people should respect the law of the land and not constitute themselves into nuisance


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