State governors have been blamed by a former inspector general of police, Ibrahim Coomassie, for causing the crisis between herdsmen and farmers across the country – He also blamed land grabbers for contributing to the problem by conniving with corrupt government officials to purchase land reserved as cattle routes – Coomassie warned that if the situation is not managed properly, the nation could be plunged into serious crisis Ibrahim Coomassie, former inspector general of police, has blamed state governors for the conflicts between herdsmen and farmers which has led to killings across the country, Channels reports. He made his comments at a conference organised by Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation and Arewa Research and Development Project (ARDP) in Kaduna state recently.
Coomassie, who currently serves as chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), also blamed land grabbers at the local government level for contributing to the fracas. He alleged that connivance between the land grabbers and corrupt local and state government officials to buy off land reserved as cattle routes has led to the loss of countless lives and property. He also accused governors of denying citizens of their right to economic activity by banning grazing in their states. The former IGP further warned that the whole country, especially the north, could be plunged into serious crisis if something is not done about the situation. He stated: “In recent years, land grabbers in conjunction with corrupt local or state government officials, have bought off most of the lands that serve as cattle routes, leading to clashes between the two. “Now, state governors have joined the fray by banning grazing in their states thus denying a significant proportion of citizens the right to their economic activity. “Today, there are too many flash-points, not just in the North but all over the country. “A case in point is the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers that in recent times have assumed a most destabilizing dimension, which if not managed properly could plunge the nation (particularly in the North) into internecine conflicts – the likes of which have never been seen before.” Meanwhile, it was previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari held a meeting with Governor Samuel Ortom and elders from Benue state over the reported killing by herdsmen in the state. Benue state was thrown into mourning over the killings in the state, and President Buhari had earlier sent the inspector-general of police, Abubakar Idris, to the state to attend to the critical situation.