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Herdsmen Attacks: Anambra commences aerial patrol




ITRealms:
In a bid to ensure maximum safety of lives and properties of Ndi Anambra, Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has tightened security with a routine helicopter surveillance of Anambra State in addition to security agencies which are currently patrolling the borders, reports ITRealms.

Obiano said that the leaders of the Hausa-Fulani Community in the state had been instructed to visit those blocks and find out the identities of the various groups and inform them of the existing agreement between cattle herders and host communities.Part of the agreement is a prohibition of the use of AK47 by herdsmen and the payment of compensation when farmlands are destroyed by herdsmen or cattle killed by any community.

ITRealms also gathered that the aerial surveillance of the Police Helicopter covers major cities in Anambra state and then extends to interior areas and territorial borderlines of the state including thick forests, bushes and farmlands in search of any encampment of herdsmen anywhere for proper identification in order to forestall any possibilities of attack or clashes following the recent attack on a community in Enugu state.

The surveillance,which is the initiative of Governor Obiano with the assistance of the Inspector General of Police, is a measure to check the activities of herdsmen in and around the borderlines of the state, which yielded fruits as six blocks of unknown Fulani Herdsmen have been discovered, though without any threat to the peace of the state in the meantime. Proactive actions for proper identification of the herders are being put in place through the Hausa-Fulani leaders in the state.

The Governor enjoined the police to patrol with the smart cars provided by the state government in the night to ensure that herdsmen moving their cattle in the night do not constitute another menace on the roadseither by causing accidents or blocking the road.

The State Commissioner of Police, Hassan Karma, said that the surveillance team was well equipped to track down criminals while also responding to distress calls from threatened communities.

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