Senate probes killing by herders, summons security chiefs

The Senate yesterday constituted an ad-hoc committee to investigate killings in some parts of the country by herders.

The committee which is to organize a public hearing on the killings is chaired by Senate Leader Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South).

Other members of the committee selected from each of the geopolitical zones include Shehu Sani, Abdullahi Adamu, Ben Murray-Bruce, Isiaka Adeleke and Mao Ohuabunwa.

The senate also summoned security chiefs to appear before it over the activities of the herders.
The decisions were taken following to a motion sponsored by Senator Chukuwuka Utazi (PDP, Enugu North) on the attack in Nimbo community of Uzo-Uwani LGA of Enugu State. Utazi said the herders killed 80 persons in 2013 and 1,229 persons in 2014.
Senator Abu Ibrahim (APC, Katsina South) said the investigation should not be limited to Fulani herdsmen alone, saying terrorists from Mali, Niger and Chad were taking advantage of the country’s porous borders to move in.
Senator Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP, Bayelsa East) said Nigeria should take action to disarm armed cattle rearers.
Senator Isa Hamma Misau (APC, Bauchi Central) said he had intelligence report that some of the displaced Boko Haram members were disguising as herdsmen.
In his remarks, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu who presided over the plenary, urged the committee to immediately commence work.

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