While speaking at the opening ceremony of the Federal and States Security Administrators’ Meeting (FSSAM), taking place in Katsina on Thursday, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, opened up on the number of Nigerian killed in clashes between the herdsmen and farmers.
According to Vanguard, the SGF who was represented by his Permanent Secretary, Sulaiman Haliru, said that over Two hundred fifty seven (257) persons were reportedly killed following the incessant clashes, adding that the figure was recorded in 30 incidence and excluding the recent incidents.
Haliru who doubles as the Chairman of the forum, mentioned about seven states were most affected by the incidence.
He said; “Within the last few months, we have recorded a total of over 30 incidence which have claimed lives of more than 257 persons within this year a lone.
“States most affected are Zamfara, Adamawa, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Niger, Kaduna to mention but a few. In fact, other states in the southern.”
Haliru also said the meeting will look into increasing cases of kidnapping, abduction as well as Child Abuse and proffer lasting solutions to the menace.
“Apart from this (herdsmen/farmers clash), we also have other problems, security challenges which are also compounding the security landscape. This is in the area of Kidnapping and abduction.
“Kidnapping and Abduction use to be restricted to some areas but now and from record it is virtually a national menace, becoming so rampant in everywhere. Another worrying issue is the increasing menace of Child Abuse. Child now becoming victims of criminal – r*pe, molestation.
“So it calls for all hands on deck in order to control and put an end to the seemingly disturbing occurrence of the incidence,” Haliru said.
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