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Reps urges FG to end farmer-herder clashes in Katsina, Gombe, calls for joint military operations to tackle banditry

The House of Representatives has called on the federal government to end the spate of banditry and the incessant clashes between farmers and herders in Katsina and Gombe states.

This followed the adoption of motions by Hon. Aminu Balele (APC-Katisna) and Hon. Inuwa Garba (PDP-Gombe) on the floor of the House on Wednesday in Abuja.

Hon. Balele presented a motion titled: “The Need to Address the Incessant Banditry Attacks on villages in Dustin-Ma/Kurfi Federal Constituency of Katsina’’ at the plenary in Abuja on Wednesday.

The lawmaker said such attacks resulted in injuries and deaths of scores of innocent residents.

He recalled that on 12 June, the communities of Tashar Yaro, Koza, Kudewa villages, Geza, Sauyawa, Tamawa, and Maileda within Kurfi and Dutsinma Local Government Areas of Katsina State were attacked by bandits and scores were displaced.

He added that these banditry activities had led to the regular imposition of taxes on farmers before allowing them to access their farmlands.

According to him, the situation often puts them at risk of losing their livestock to rustlers and having their shops burgled by the daredevil kidnappers in search of foodstuff.

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Hon. Aminu Balele

Hon. Balele said that the incessant attacks by the bandits had led to low farming productivity, thus aggravating the food insecurity in the affected communities.

He said most youth in the affected areas could end up with little or no income, thus worsening youth restiveness.

The House, however, urged the federal government to initiate a coordinated Joint Security Operation by providing aerial surveillance and other combat.

In a related development, Hon. Garba called for Intervention in the recurring annual clashes between farmers and herders in the Yamaltu–Deba Federal Constituency of Gombe State.

He said the previous efforts of the state government were yet to yield significant results as the annual clashes had continued to reoccur.

According to him, this development has threatened the peace and security in the area and neighbouring states of Adamawa, Taraba and Benue.

This, according to him, has negatively impacted food sufficiency because farming and other economic activities have been affected negatively.

He said with the upcoming harvest season, a reoccurrence would continue if nothing tangible were done regarding urgent intervention.He added that the social, economic development, security and the general wellbeing of the populace were paramount.

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Hon. Inuwa Garba

To this end, the House resolved to set up an Ad–hoc Committee to interface with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Gombe State Government and relevant stakeholders.

He said this would help solve the reoccurring clashes between farmers and herders in Yamaltu-Deba and neighbouring Local Government Areas.

(NAN)

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