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Anambra state government has disclosed that it will launch helicopter aerial surveillance to curb activities of Fulani Herdsmen in the state.
This was announced by the state governor, Willie Obiano, during the Workers’ Day celebration in Awka adding that he had set up a special committee composed of leaders of the Hausa-Fulani community in the state, government officials, security agents and some representatives of agrarian communities across the state to foster peace between farmers and the cattle grazers in the state.
“This committee has made the herdsmen to pay compensation to communities whose crops were destroyed by their cattle seven times in the past.
“And we have also paid compensation to the herdsmen when one community breached the peace against them. That is the nature of our engagement with them in Anambra State.”
He said his administration would deal ruthlessly with the herdsmen should they become “needlessly hostile against their host communities.”
“There is routine helicopter surveillance across the borders of the state to ensure that any suspicious gathering of people(herdsmen) or curious movements across the borders are quickly picked up and analysed by security experts.”