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Herdsmen: House Investigates Attack On Ekiti Community  

Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja

House of Representatives on Wednesday, resolved to constitute an ad hoc committee to investigate remote causes of a recent attack on the Oke – Ako community by persons alleged Fulani herdsmen.

The House also directed the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to deploy Police personnel to affected areas in the bid to avert likely reprisal.

The lower chamber further urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to send relief materials to the affected community.

These resolutions by the House followed a motion of urgent matter of public importance entitled “the fatal invasion of Oke-Ako Ekiti community by suspected herdsmen” sponsored by Hon. Emmanuel Agboola.

While moving the motion, the law maker said that the attacks if not curbed will lead to reprisal attacks and imminent guerilla warfare.

Agboola worried that the ‘back to farm’ slogan of the current administration in a bid to diversify the economy may not see the light of day as the farms being destroyed by “uncoordinated grazing” in the country.

“Lives are randomly lost in these incessant attacks and sometimes in a dimension that is similar only to genocide, just like the one at Oke-Ako in Ekiti state.

“Certain states are already taken steps to stem the tide in a manner that suggest that the Federal Government is seemingly insensitive to this very worrisome development, “the law maker said.

The House which adopted the motion after it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara also urged the Police Service Commission to hasten the process of recruitment of more personnel into the force.

The committee is to report back to the House within six weeks for further legislative input.

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