Enact laws like Fayose, preventing Fulani herdsmen from rearing cattle in Igboland – Ekweremadu urges South East Governors
The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has called for the enactment of laws that will confine cattle rearing to ranches in order to stop the persistent attacks of herdsmen across Igbo land.
Speaking in New York, the Deputy Senate President frowned at the incessant herdsmen attacks in Igbo land and some other parts of Nigeria.
He said, “Governments of various states in Igbo land and indeed other parts of the country should immediately consider enacting legislation that confine cattle-rearing to modern ranches as obtainable in developed societies. In fact, our governments could go a step further to invest in constructing and leasing out modern ranches.
“This will produce healthier animals, give better products, provide employment, added value to the farm products, and help in promoting peaceful co-existence as well as sifting armed bandits and terrorists from real farmers doing legitimate business”.
He further advised state government not to leave the enforcement of security measures in the hands of the Federal security agencies.
“Sadly, when you enact laws to checkmate the menace, as Ekiti State has commendably done, you will still rely on the same security institutions to enforce them. This is the dilemma.
“Therefore, our state governments should take further step by ensuring that such legislations provide for enforcement bodies, such as Forest Rangers, which will consistently comb the forests to ensure that those who run foul of the laws are arrested and speedily prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others,” he added.
We rob victims by switching off generator sets to lure them outside – Suspects
A two-man robbery gang who specialize in switching off power generating sets at midnight to lure unsuspecting victims outside in order to gain easy entry into apartments, have been apprehended in Lagos State.
One of the suspects, 27-year-old Isaac Ogbonna confessed he and his accomplice, Ishola Dede, were responsible for series of operations around Ikorodu area of the state.
On their modus operandi, Ogbonna, who was paraded before newsmen at the police headquarters in Ikeja, weekend, said when they switch off power generating sets at midnight, the owners are forced to come out to inspect the cause of power cut, then they point guns at them to open their door.
Ogbonna said his business folded as a result of the economic recession.
He said, “I could not stand and watch my sick elder sister die. I have been living with her since I came back from Enugu, after my business folded up.
“She has been sick and I had donated blood twice, yet the sickness persisted. At first we brought in a nurse who treated her and collected N9, 000. But there was no improvement. We had to take her to the hospital where we were told to deposit N20, 000.
“I approached one of my friends, Dede, who assured me that he would help me raise the money because my sister had once shown him kindness, so he introduced me to two other persons, Ishola and Sadiq, at a drinking joint.
“Our plan was to attack any house that still has its power generating set on after midnight. Last Monday, we stormed a house at Ogolonto; we jumped the fence and put off the power generating set. A man came out with a torch light to inspect what was wrong and we pointed a gun at him and followed him into his apartment.”
Ogbonna said they collected laptops, phones and N80, 000.
Speaking further, he said, “As we were about leaving, Sadiq requested for the car keys, but we told him to forget about it since it was not part of the plan. Our plan was to raid about 10 houses. But he insisted and went away with the car, saying the amount would cover what we would get in 10 houses.
“Next day, he told us to meet at a hotel and that he had sold the car, unknown to us, policemen had traced the car through the tracking device.
“Unfortunately, I was told this morning, after I was arrested, that my sister died a day before. All my efforts have been in vain,” Ogbonna lamented.
The Commissioner of Police, CP, Fatai Owoseni, who paraded the suspects said they will be charged to court soon.