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Boko Haram ‘Fulani herdsmen more dangerous that terrorists,’ Edo lawmaker says

Meanwhile, Fulani herdsmen are said to have killed many villagers in Taraba State during an attack on Monday, April 11, 2016.

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Edo State lawmaker, Peter Akpatason has said that rampaging Fulani herdsmen are worse than terrorist sect, Boko Haram.

Akpatason, who represents the Akoko Edo Federal Constituency of Edo State, made the remark while speaking to Vanguard recently.

“I look at it beyond the action of herdsmen, these herdsmen are poor people, they don’t have the money to by AK47. The people who are carrying out this carnage they are armed with very sophisticated and modern fire arms. They have boasted in so many places when they kidnapped people they told them that they are not kidding, that they are in for real business,” he said.

“I want to tell you that there is a gradual evolution that has been properly planned somewhere, call it a jihad or a sort of revolution that some people are carrying out which if not properly and quickly addressed, it is going to engulf the entire country very soon and I think it is going to be more dangerous than anything that we have seen before, being it the Niger Delta thing or the North Eastern crisis.

“I think what is going to happen and what is about happening now will be worse than that because they are at the backyard of everybody. In the south they are there, in the west they are there, in the north they are there, in the east they are everywhere.

“They have been armed, people are financing them and nobody is talking about that now. Agatu is a tip of the ice berg, they are going to do it to so many other places, we are no longer sleeping with our eyes closed in the villages, we are all afraid, they kill people in their farms, they kill people in their market, they go everywhere.

“In fact, they even attack some people that speak the same dialects with them. So, it has become something that is so serious as far as I am concerned. I think that government has been handling it with the kid gloves and it is a time bomb that is waiting to explode.

“If this issue is not addressed very quickly, Nigeria is going to find itself in a very more terrible situation than the Niger Delta crisis ditto Nigeria as well as the Boko Haram crisis in the north because these are regional things but this one is going to engulf the entire nation and that is why we have to be extremely careful and very calculative about it.

“If somebody thinks that today it is happening in Middle Belt, it is happening in the South-South, so that is not a problem so we can allow it to continue, very soon it will cover everywhere and we will all be in trouble,” he added.

Meanwhile, Fulani herdsmen are said to have killed many villagers in Taraba State during an attack on Monday, April 11, 2016.


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