FULANI HERDSMEN? OBIANO Reassures Citizens Of Maximum Security. - Abuja Press

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FULANI HERDSMEN? OBIANO Reassures Citizens Of Maximum Security.

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By Kingsley Ezekwelu
The Governor of Anambra state Chief Willie Obiano has reassured the people of the state of a 24-hour round the clock Maximum Security for their lives and property. 
The governor said that his administration has been collaborating with the Nigerian Police and other security agencies in fighting crimes in the state. 
That it was reason he incorporated aerial surveillance of the state and her border communities using helicopters in the security arrangement of the state. The aerial surveillance exercise has been up and running.
This move, according to the Governor is to identify major Fulani herdsmen settlements, other crime spots and general security  posed  challenges in and around the state on a round the clock basis.
Speaking on the  journey  so far about the project, Gov Obiano disclosed that through the exercise, 6 different Hausa/Fulani blocs have been identified outside the state but close to its borders.  
The governor also said that the state government has commissioned the state chapter of the Miyetti Allah, a Fulani group that coordinate activities of Fulani Cattle breeders to visit the blocs to intimate the herdsmen on the already agreed modus operandi for their cattle to graze in the state.            
This agreement which he revealed was developed by a Committee he set up early in the life of his administration, mandates the Herdsmen to pay full compensation when their cows destroy crops or property belonging to host communities, while the communities in turn will pay compensation for any cow that they kill as well. 
Further more he said the group has been asked to also warn them, that on no account should they carry AK47 rifles, guns and or any other dangerous weapons, adding that any body found with such weapon will face due prosecution .
The governor who noted that the agreement which was already in operation in the state, has been driving the peace and harmony that exist between Ndi Anambra and the Herdsmen, said "so far both parties have kept to their sides of the bargain".
While debunking the rumour last week of an attack on Ogbunike community by the Fulani Herdsmen, Governor Obiano urged Ndi Anambra to desist from peddling such rumours capable of inciting people into violence.                       
He said Anambra is now the safest state in the country and his administration will consolidate on the efforts that guaranteed the feat in ensuring the continued protection of the lives and property of natives and residents alike.

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