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Cattle rearers’ menace worse than Boko Haram, says ex-CP

By Odita Sunday   |   20 September 2015   |   11:44 pm  

Cattle RustlersFormer Commissioner of Police in charge of Delta State, Ikechukwu Aduba has raised the alarm over the illicit activities of cattle rearers, which he described as ‘worse that terrorism’.

The retired senior police officer urged President Buhari to quickly intervene and arrest the situation in order to avoid the ‘evil day’.

He also urged government to introduce the ranching system as panacea to the problem.

According to Aduba: “We are sitting on a keg of gun powder ready to explode as these Fulani cattle rearers would soon over run the country,”

Aduba who spoke in an interview in Asaba, Delta State said that the federal government and the National Assembly should address the issue or risk another war that may be worse than the terrorist activities of Boko Haram.

“It is a serious issue, more complicated than the terrorists activities in the Northeast. Boko Haram war is a minor issue when compared with what we are going to experience in the hands of Fulani cattle rearers in the nearest future if the issue is not addressed.

“In some places, especially in Delta State where I served as the Commissioner of Police, many people cannot go to the farm anymore for fear of being attacked in the bush by cattle rearers. Many women have been raped in front of their husbands and children. Many people killed by the cattle rearers. It is a pathetic situation if cattle eat up people’s crops in the farm and the farm owner challenges them, it is a big problem. If the farm owner keeps quite, his toil for the year will be in vain. It is a wearisome situation.

“The action is affecting agricultural businesses as communities are afraid to go to the farm for the fear that one day, all their labour for one year will be eaten up in one day by cattle. If a community is afraid that their loved may go to the farm and not return, how do you expect them to go to the farm where they may meet their untimely death? This is a serious and pathetic situation that is worse than Boko Haram. They will soon over run the entire country.

“I want to advice that President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly should constitute a committee that would look into the issue. My suggestion is that the cattle rearers should be confined in gracing reserves and ranches. They should be made to stay in a particular area and not to wander from place to place.

“If you look at it critically, we don’t eat beef more than other countries of the world. We don’t have cow more than other countries. We don’t export cow, yet in the countries that even export cow, there is absolute peace because they don’t take their cattle to places that they are not supposed to take them. The Nigerian government should take a decisive stands on the matter or the keg of gun powder will explode and the government will now not be able to tackle the menace of the cattle rearers.”

He also said that the police should be well equipped to enable them contend with the problem of the cattle rearers.



  • Iskacountryman

    does aduba like ngwo ngwo?…he should be careful…

    • ndubuisi

      why should he be careful. is he not saying the truth?

      • Iskacountryman

        truth is dangerous to your health…

  • olololo

    It is a very precarious situation, and to say the least, the very untoward nature of the menace of these herdsmen can not be over-looked. No doubt the actions- THE CATTLE REARERS and the in-action or better still lack of FIRM decisive action/ guideline on the part of GOVERNMENT in checkmating the excesses of THE HERDSMEN which indeed constitute great nuisance, perilous threat to traffic safety on the highway,and of peaceful co-existence and stability, and great threat to SME ventures hampering agricultural economic- reliance & prosperity, particularly, within and around our villages and towns. The cattle owners / herdsmen wantonly trespass into farmlands, plantations for grazing / pastures; Often times disdainfully daring anyone to challenge them. it is a well known fact that their actions seem premeditated since they are usually well armed/ prepared. They often conceal arms and ammunition (weapons ) wrapped in disguise under the belly of their cow ready to reach out and use them at the slightest challenge by farm owners or by any person(s). They rarely care about others. They are rather selfish to the extent that they sometimes would set up camps on farmlands and without authorization or permission ravage the possession.
    It therefor has become imperative that our Government should move quickly to nip this very preventable THREAT TO AGRICULTURAL, ECONOMIC, AND PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE. IT IS TO BE NOTED THAT WHETHER YOU FARM IN CATTLE OR CROPS THE INTEREST AND GAIN PURSUITS IS THE SAME = WEALTH THROUGH AGRICUTURAL FRONT. GOVERNMENT MUST ACT NOW before it is too late!. WE NEED PEACE!
    I therefore wish to align myself with the opinion and solution/ suggestions canvassed by the Former Commissioner of Police in charge of Delta State, Ikechukwu Aduba ”(has raised the alarm over the illicit activities of cattle rearers, which he described as ‘worse that terrorism’)”

  • Issues

    It is a serious problem which the government should pay urgent attention to and settle once and for all before it degenerates to a situation worse than the boko haram insugency. If not properly handled it is capable of sending the country into catastrophic tribal and ethnic wars that will spare no part of this country. Unlike the Boko haram insurgency which is limited to the North East, the problem of cattle rearers vs farmers cuts across every part of the country since the cattle rearers can now be found in all parts of Nigeria. Not only should the federal government create a special grazing ground for the herdsmen and their cattle and prevent them from wandering about, there is also a need to disarm them and to tackle the issue of proliferaton of small arms. Most of their excesses is because they are armed and the farmers are not. If the farmers are to arm themselves as well then we may have on our hands a situation that may be difficult to control with consequent monumental loss of lives.

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