From Mika’il Tsoho Dutse
The Jigawa state Police Command has organised a peace parley between farmers and herdsmen in Kiri-Kasamma local government area of the state.
Speaking at the meeting, the Commissioner of Police Jigawa state Command CP Bala Zama Senchi said the meeting aimed at creating more cordial relationship between herdsmen and farmers in Jigawa.
He explained that, about eight local government of Hadejia emirate was organised during the meeting and allowed both the two groups to express their mind on how to tackle the causes of violence in the area.
CP Senchi also urged them to expose anybody that breaks the rules and regulations identified as solutions for peace between the two groups in the emirate.
He urged them to cooperate with security agencies by reporting any wrong act to them or to community leaders for appropriate action.
While speaking at the meeting, the Chairman of Miyetti-Allah Jigawa state who was represented by the Miyetti-Allah chairman Kiri-Kasamma local government Wada Maijama’a, blamed politicians for causing misunderstanding between the farmers and herdsmen in the state.
According to him, the renowned crisis areas in the local government are Zagari to Tina’u area and it happened as a result of no separation between farms and grazing lands in the area.
He maintained that, “we are doing our best to resolve the misunderstanding as we are all indigenes and politicians turned some grazing lands to their farms” he said.
The Chairman All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in Kafin Hausa local government Alhaji Abba Umar Bikosi also blamed some political office holders for turning wind-mill pumps into their personal farms use.
While reacting to the complains, the Executive Secretary of the Farmers/Herdsmen Board Dr Rabi’u Miko said, the state government under the leadership of Governor Muhammad Abubakar Badaru is doing all its best to create more grazing lands and to ensure peace.
According to him, Governor Badaru’s administration provide over 81 wind-mill pumps at various grazing land across the state in addition of 54 motorcycles distributed to AFAN officials in the state.
He also assured that, government will do all its best to retrieve any grazing land that was blocked by any person and make it available for animals use.