By Augustine Osayande
The Senate on Wednesday condemned criminal activities of Fulani herdsmen in Ewu, Edo State. The upper chamber of the National Assembly also observed a minute of silent for those who lost their lives in the attack and urged the security agencies in the country to arrest the perpetuators who derived pressure in committing such criminal activities in the country.
The Senate at the session urged National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately send relief material the people of Ewu to ameliorate their suffering due to the attack.
The decision followed a motion raise through Senate standing order 42 and 52 by Senator Clifford Odia (Edo Central) on the need to curtail criminal activities of Fulani herdsmen in Edo State.
According to Odia, Fulani herdsmen invaded several farms in Ewu on May 22nd, 2017 and raped two women (Mrs. Maltina Omoyo and Mrs. Ariyo). He added that the youths from the community who embarked on peaceful protest against the criminal activity of the Fulani herdsmen were shot by security agencies.
“On May 22nd, Fulani herdsmen invaded farms in Ewu destroying crops and rape and rape two women (Mrs Maltina Omoyo and Mrs Ariyo.) Youths from the community who embarked peaceful protest against this criminal activity of the Fulani herdsmen were shot at by security agencies” Odia said.
Supporting the motion Senator Francis Alimikhena (Edo North) described activities of Fulani herdsmen in Edo State as another form of Boko Haram. He said another community in Edo North was also attack 4 days ago by Fulani Herdsmen. “As we speak people in my constituency cannot go to their farm due to fear of Fulani Herdsmen attack” Alimikhena said.
In his reaction, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki said there is a committee already set up by the senate to look at the criminal activities of the Killer herdsmen in the country.