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Gov. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe State

Harvest season: Gombe Police take proactive action against farmers, herders’ crises  

Gov. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe State

WILLIAM ATTAH, GOMBE

The Gombe State Police Command has held a critical security stakeholders meeting with farmers and herders in the State to forestall any clash between the two groups as the harvest season begins.
The State Police Commissioner, Mukaddas Muhammad Garba, at the commencement of the meeting said the Command took the proactive measure having in mind that the conflict between herdsmen and farmers is at the forefront of security concerns in the country.
He gave reasons for some of the conflicts to include, farmers’ intrusion to the old grazing reserves, the boundaries of which are disputed due to their fertile nature and population growth.
He said at other times, some mischievous herdsmen deliberately graze their cattle on crops without compensation, which is also one of the main drivers of the worrisome violent conflicts.
In the light of this, the CP said, there was the need to collectively fight crimes and criminality through the community policing approach which strongly recommends community partnership, collaboration and cooperation among other principles in the fight against any form of crime.
According to him, “this is in line with the vision, mission and directives of the Inspector-General of Police, to put in place proactive measures at all times to combat any security threat”.
Representatives of both groups who spoke at the meeting that had in attendance the representatives of all the security agencies in the State as well as the State Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), Chairman of the Gombe State Eminent Persons Forum, the state Ministry of Animal Husbandry, local vigilantes, hunters and the Yariman Gombe who represented the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III, all commended the peaceful coexistence in the State which they attributed to the efforts of the Police and other security formations.
For the Miyetti-Allah group, Modibo Yahaya said more of such meetings should be organized just as he advised that alternative routes be provided to herdsmen in place of cattle routes that have been taken over by farmers and new towns among others.
For the farmers, Secretary of the Farmers Union in Gombe State said, the meeting was coming at the right time since most farmers are at their various farms for harvest. He said the tempo of the meetings should be increased while new security measures should be evolved considering the sophistication in crimes.

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