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Osinbajo’s panel sets up sub-committee to meet with leaders of alleged killer herdsmen



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The Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo’s committee, which has the mandate to find a lasting solution to the wanton killings across the counrty, has set up a sub-committee to meet with Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), to halt the killings by suspected herdsmen.

MACBAN is the national body of herdsmen, whose wanton killings and other gory activies in some states of the federation have continued to pose a serious threat to the nation’s security.

The sub-committee, which is headed by Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi has been asked to interface with MACBAN and other groups to find how to stop the killings.

The Osinbanjo led committee was set up by the National Economic Council (NEC) to find lasting solutions to the incessant killings.

But after its meeting on Thursday, the panel set up the sub-committee with Governor Umahi as its leader while his counterparts from Plateau and Adamawa states as members of the committee.

This was made known to newsmen by the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum and Zamfara State governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, soon after the end of a meeting of the Osinbajo committee at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Yari said, “In our discussion today (Thursday), we set up a committee headed by the governor of Ebonyi State, while Plateau and Adamawa governors are members.

“We are bringing some technocrats that will visit hot spots’ states like Benue, Taraba, Adamawa and Zamfara where there is crisis so that they can interface with the Miyetti Allah and other groups to see how we can reduce this to the barest minimum.

“Why we cannot say we will put this matter to rest is because some people have taken it as a money-making venture.

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“As a government, we have to take all the measures despite the fact that the army, police and other security agents are on the field at the affected places. But we still have to form this committee to interface with the actors so that this matter can be reduced to the barest minimum and possibly be wiped off,” he said.

Others at the meeting were Simon Lalong of Plateau State; Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna); Jibrilla Bindow (Adamawa); Deputy Governor of Benue State, Benson Abonu; that of Oyo State, Chief Moses Adeyemo, as well as the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh; and his Interior counterpart, Abdulrahman Dambazau.


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