By Bukola Olasanmi
The federal government on Thursday disclosed that over two hundred and fifty-seven (257) persons have so far into this year been reported killed in 30 cases of violent clashes between herdsmen and farmers.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha made this known through his Permanent Secretary, Sulaiman Haliru, at the opening ceremony of the Federal and States Security Administrators’ Meeting, FSSAM, taking place in Katsina.
He disclosed that the figure was recorded in incidents, excluding the recent clashes. Haliru, who doubles as the Chairman of the forum, listed about seven states which were most affected by the incidence.
According to the SGF, “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.
“States most affected are Zamfara, Adamawa, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Niger, Kaduna to mention but a few. In fact, other states in the southern,” he said.
Haliru also disclosed that 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.
“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. Child now becoming victims of criminal – rape, 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,” Haliru said.