Nwaorisara Kanu, Gombe
Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Inuwa Yahaya has convened the state security council meeting to tackle the reported cases of herders- farmers conflicts in some parts of the state.
The meeting, presided over by the Governor was attended by the state Commissioner of Police, Commander, 301 Artillery Brigade, Director State Security Service, State Controllers of the Nigeria Custom, Immigration and Correctional Services as well as Commandants, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence and Federal Road Safety Corps’.
Also in attendance were the Deputy Governor, Secretary to the State Government, Chief of Staff, Attorney-General, Commissioner of Internal Security and Ethical Orientation as well as Special Advisers on Security Matters.
Briefing news men after the meeting, which held behind closed doors, the state Commissioner of Police, Bello Makwashi said the council discussed the current security threat, concerning the herders-farmers conflict in some local Government areas bordering the neighbouring states.
He said they have agreed to adopt measures to combat the threat and nip it in the bud without being confrontational.
” It is not going to be confrontational, we are adopting community based strategies. All stakeholders, including the ministry of Internal Security, the Police and other security agencies, leaders of the Fulani, farmers and the traditional rulers will come together and chart the best way to tackle the issue instead of confrontation”.
He said there is no loss of life as a result of the conflict, caused by the migrating herders passing through the state, adding that they are taking measures to manage the situation and ensure that the herdsmen pass without causing damages to farmers’ crops.
On the up coming yuletide, CP Makwashi said they have made preparations well ahead of time to ensure peaceful and hitch-free celebrations in the ember month across the state.