Herdsmen menace: Declare state of emergency, senator tells FG

CHAIRMAN, Senate Committee on Communication, Senator Gilbert Nnaji, has called on the Federal Government to, as a matter of deliberate policy, declare state of emergency on the activities of the herdsmen in all parts of the country.

Nnaji, who condoled with families of the victims of the recent attack by the suspected nomads on the people of Attakwu community in Nkanu-West council area of Enugu State, noted that until governments at all levels recognised the menace as a national concern, all the public outcries would amount to nothing.

He told newsmen in Abuja that apart from ensuring that the perpetrators of the dastardly act were brought to book, to serve as deterrent to others, the Federal Government should come up with stringent measures to tackle the issue once and for all, in the interest of the country.

The lawmaker who contributed to the motion on the massacre of people of Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, presented on the floor of the Senate in April, revealed that there should have been massive reprisal in Enugu then but for the prompt action of security agencies.

He, however, warned that Nimbo attacks should be taken as an eye opener for the government to tackle the problem head long, while he also prayed the Senate to come up with stringent measures to tackle the issue in the interest of the country.