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Herdsmen banned from carrying arms in northwest

Eleven governors in the North-West, in collaboration with the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Muhammed, banned herdsmen from carrying arms in public places, including markets and places of worship.

Similarly, volunteer groups, known as Yansakai, have been banned in all the states that make up the North-West in the country.

The volunteer groups were also directed to surrender all weapons in their possession, following their ban.

These were part of the four-point resolutions arrived at, after a meeting of 11 Northern state governors and the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Muhammed, in Katsina on Thursday.

The meeting lasted for four and a half hours.

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State, who read the communique after the meeting, said efforts would also be made to ensure that herdsmen have access to improved breed of cattle.

Masari added, “Herdsmen and their families should be allowed to attend markets and worship places, as well as their day-to-day activities, provided that they don’t carry arms into the public places.

“That herdsmen should conduct themselves and live peacefully with one another.

“That those who stole animals should return them through government or the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association.

“That the repentant bandits, including the Yansakai, should surrender all arms and ammunition in their possession to the authorities and release people that are in their captivity.”

Governor Masari said secretaries to the governments of the 11 states that attended the meeting have been directed to stay behind and further perfect the resolutions.

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