On Monday 26th September, Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West advised the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, to order herdsmen out of the nation’s capital city of Abuja.
Dino Melaye made the call when the minister testified before the Senate Committee on the FCT chaired by the senator.
Mr. Melaye reminded the minister that an earlier directive issued against the activities of herdsmen within the city had been ignored and a drastic action must be taken to end the menace.
“Honourable Minister, Senate as an institution is not happy at how Fulani herdsmen continue to move their cows across the city centre, which we are aware you have given directive against that some time ago.
“From now, get knives and ask your men to slaughter cows found in the capital city or prosecute herdsmen seen with cows in the city centre with a fine of N50, 000 per cow. This order must be carried out,” Mr. Melaye said.
The activities of herdsmen across the FCT in recent months, as cows could be seen wandering around the city center, causing traffic gridlock and sometimes accidents, have continued to mount concerns among the city’s residents who have called on the federal government to proffer solutions to the menace.
In response to the call, the FCT minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, barred free grazing by Fulani herdsmen in the nation’s capital. However, a recent report revealed the pastoralists have not adhered to the order as cows are still seen roaming the streets of the city.
In fact, a recent report published by New Telegraph stated that the herdsmen have invaded the Abuja national stadium, turning it into the grazing ground for their cattle.
A security official attached to the stadium told correspondents that the herdsmen usually invade the stadium in batches to feed their cattle, sometimes overwhelms him if he tries to stop them from their activities, especially at the Package B section of the stadium.