Vice President Says There Are 800 Fulani Herdsmen In Custody

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Vice President Of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN)
Yemi Osinbajo, the vice president of Nigeria, has said that
there are at least 800 suspected violent herdsmen in detention across the
country.

He said worried by the spate of attacks on innocent people,
President Muhammadu Buhari ordered security agencies to arrest those
perpetrating the disturbing incidents.
According to Laolu Akande, spokesperson for the vice
president, Professor Osinbajo made the disclosure in Texas, US, during an
interactive session with Nigerians based in the country.
“The president has given firm instructions to the security
agencies to arrest not only herdsmen who are attacking communities anywhere in
the country, but anyone of them or anyone at all in possession of firearms,”
Osinbajo told the audience on Saturday, October 29, 2016.
“There are about 800 of suspected violent herdsmen in the
country that are currently in custody.”
Osinbajo said it is incorrect to assume that the suspects
were emboldened by the fact that Buhari, who is a Fulani, was at the helm of
affairs.
He said there had always been conflict between herdsmen and
communities across the country, adding that the issue is likely to continue as
long as grazing lands disappear and cattle feed crops on other people’s
farmlands.
Defending the recent arrest of judges, Osinbajo said the
current administration only exercised its powers to check excesses.
He said due process was followed, explaining that the judges
were released after about 24 hours.
Responding to a question on whether or not former President
Goodluck Jonathan would be arrested, Osinbajo said the Buhari administration is
not in the business of arresting just anyone anyhow.

He explained that all the government does is to empower
security agencies and anti-corruption organisations to do their jobs without
undue interference.

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