NEC Bans Herdsmen Movement In Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Kaduna, Plateau

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The National Economic Council (NEC) on Thursday, April 26, agreed to stop the movement of herdsmen in Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Kaduna and Plateau States.

At a meeting presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday, the Council also supported the immediate creation of ranches across the country.

Dave Umahi, governor of Ebonyi state, disclosed this to state house correspondents at the end of the NEC meeting held at the presidential villa in Abuja.

The NEC comprises state governors and relevant ministries of government and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

According to him, the five mostly affected states which had witnessed herdsmen killings will be expected to make land available for the ranches.

He said: “With ranching, the nomadic herdsmen and their families would be able to access good medical facilities and good schools for their children if they stay in one place.

“Ranching would also improve the well-being of the cattle.”

He added that herdsmen from neighbouring countries would be expected to show some travel documents, even though visa is not allowed for movement of those from West African countries.

On his part, Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture, said the federal government will no longer allow the killings to continue.

Ogbeh added that Nigeria may no longer be able to keep to the ECOWAS protocol on free movement of persons.



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