By Omoruyi Osagiede
Fulani herdsmen are nomadic, they rear their cattle by moving them about in search of food and water. In this quest, the Fulani herdsmen have had problems with farmers in rural communities in Edo state. These clashes have resulted in destruction of crops,properties and loss of lives in many villages in Edo state.
In the past, Fulani herdsmen go about with bowl and arrow in protecting their cattle. Today, they are equipped with animations like AK47. With these dangerous weapons at the disposal of the Fulani herdsmen,they have unleashed terror in their host communities. For instance, the rapping and killing of two woman in their farms by Fulani herdsmen in Ewu community, Esan central Local Government Area of Edo state in May 2017.
The menace of Fulani herdsmen is costly, yet a preventable one. The following will help prevent the menace of Fulani herdsmen in Edo State.
1.Law enforcement agencies such as the Nigerian police force.,should prosecute any Fulani herdsmen found with illegal or unregistered fire arms.
2.The police should have a unit to always check the trucks that carries cattle at their offloading points as most of the weapons used by these herdsmen are hidden in feeds bags in the trucks that carries the cattle.
3.Any form of incitement such as host communities stealing from Fulani herdsmen or poisoning their castle’s feeds or drinking water should be discouraged.
4 . Government should establish grazing ranch for Fulani herdsmen to curb the movement of these cattle.
5 . Traditional rulers in host communities should encourage mutual relationship between Fulani herdsmen and members of the communities.